Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library|
WKMC Architects, Inc.
909 South Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Date Bid: July 2007 Construction Period: Nov 2007 to Jan
Total Square Feet: 11,986 Site: 2.063 acres. Number of
Building Size: First floor 11,986; total, 11,986 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’9”; total to highest point of
elevated roof, 24’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof:
Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal
Structural Engineer: Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates, Inc. - 1608
W. Sixth Street, #100, Austin, TX 78703
General Contractor: The DLP Group, Inc. - 1891 County Road 26,
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Stridde, Callins & Associates,
Inc. - 342 South Navigation Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Civil Engineer: Bass & Welsh Engineering - P. O. Box 6397, Corpus
Christi, TX 78466
The Clotilde P. Garcia Library celebrates light, art and the natural
environment. Designed by WKMC Architects, Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas,
the Clotilde P. Garcia Library was built in partnership between the City
of Corpus Christi and the local school district (Corpus Christi ISD).
The joint use facility functions as both a city public branch library
and as the learning resource center for the Kaffie Middle School.
The primary design concepts focus on light, art and respect for the
environment. These messages are brought into the building design in
numerous ways. Natural lighting is carefully integrated throughout the
building interior. The design utilizes five different types of glazing
materials including translucent panels, glass and glass block. Window
and building orientation, varying levels of transparency and sun shading
play a key role in providing spaces which allow widespread use of
technology and while using high levels of controlled natural light.
Tanner Spears, Vice President of Griesenbeck Architectural Products of
Houston utilized a 2 ¾-inch Kalwall Hurricane Hi-Impact (Large Missile
Impact) fiberglass translucent panel around the clerestory. The "U"
factor on the panels was .29 with 15% light transmission and solar heat
gain coefficient of .23. “Working with Margaret Brown at WKMC Architects
during the design phase of this project, it was clear that they wanted
to create a library to showcase while being mindful of a strict budget.
The "U" factor of the Kalwall system is similar to what you would see
with low "E" glazing, however its solar heat gain coefficient far
exceeds the performance of conventional glazing at a fraction of the
cost,” said Spears. “The soft glow effect of the Kalwall into the
interior of the building creates a "museum quality" daylight that is
ideal for studying, reading etc. In addition, the ability to backlight
the Kalwall system gives a nice architectural presence to the building
at night as well as an added safety feature,” stated Spears.
This project incorporates the work of several independent artists. A
publicly funded art project was created through the use of carved brick
panels which depict, “Earth, Air and Sea”. Additionally, the project
team collaborated with marine scientists from the local university and
the local geological society to integrate learning lessons into the
design of the children’s library.
Etched glass interior artwork depicts aquatic life of the Gulf of
The 12,000 square foot facility accommodates 70,000 volumes of book
stacks. The building floor plan allows separate and simultaneous use of
the facility by students and by the public general. The building design
incorporates a student classroom/computer lab, a separate student entry
and a multi-purpose classroom space.
The careful placement of different spaces allows the maximum flexibility
for the building to respond to a variety of user needs. Adult reading
and stack areas are located away from student classroom and apart from
the children’s library. Generous use of interior glass allows parents to
observe their children and library staff to easily observe all facility
This library is the fifth public library in the city library system. It
is the second branch library which has been constructed as a partnership
with the school district.
Envelope: Alamo Concrete Products, Acme Brick
Interior: ICI Paints, Zolatone Acoustical: Armstrong
Membrane Roofing: Soprema Metal Roofing: MBCI
Flooring: Shaw Industries, Interface, Mannington, Earthwerks
Lighting: Lithonia, Shaper, Eureka, Precision Architectural
Window, Curtainwall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™
Glass Block: Pittsburgh Corning Block
Entrances & Storefronts: Horton Automatics
Daylighting: Kalwall 2 ¾-inch Hurricane Hi-Impact Fiberglass
Translucent Panel System.