Center Central Texas College|
Construction Manager &
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
4055 International Plaza, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Location: Killeen, Texas
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 48,583 Site: 5.5 acres
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 26,252; second floor, 22,331; total,
48,583 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’8”; second floor, 18’8”; floor
to floor, 18’8”; total, 43’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place,
pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: Brick, stucco, aluminum storefront. Roof: Built-up,
clay tile. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Cost Estimator: CCM Construction Services, LLC - P. O. Box
120455, Arlington, TX 76012
Civil, Structural, MEP & Landscape Architecture: Freese and
Nichols, Inc. - 055 International Plaza, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76109
General Contractor: VCC, LLC - 600 East Las Colinas Boulevard,
#1225, Irving, TX 75039
Food Service: Worrell Design Group - 10200 Richmond Avenue, #280,
Houston, TX 77042
AV Consultant: Moye Consulting - 6303 Commerce Drive, #150,
Irving, TX 75063
Architect Alison Beck, Freese and Nichols, describes the new Campus
Center at Central Texas College as the campus living room. The College,
based in Killen, Texas, serves a commuter population drawn from the
adjacent Fort Hood Army Base and surrounding communities of family
members, base employees and nearby residents. The Center provides a
place where students can study for a test in solitude or in groups, meet
with friends, or get a cup of coffee. The 48,000-square foot building is
also where the School of Nursing (the College’s largest class) can
conduct graduation ceremonies in the second floor conference center,
which accommodates 500 people. The Board of Trustees can host meetings
and presentations for a hundred people in their boardroom; it is where
full-service catering facilities can provide banquet services; and it is
where students can browse for books and more in a campus bookstore four
times the size of the store it replaces.
Located just south of the original 40-year-old student center, the new
Center features terra cotta roofs, an upstairs patio and shaded arcades.
The structure shares both the architectural vocabulary and a fresh
perspective on the existing, Mediterranean-style campus buildings. A
4,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza that creates a dramatic multi-use
space between the two buildings links the old Student Center, scheduled
for renovation. Tree-lined stairs on both sides of the Campus Center
connect the plaza to new parking at the South entrance. The site
utilizes native and adapted species of shade trees, multi-trunk
flowering trees, shrubs and groundcover on more than half the open
space, providing open lawns and shaded areas with benches. Banded panels
of brick pavers and decorative pedestrian-scale lighting with
pole-mounted banners define the hard surfaces and edges of the plaza
space, and disguise an emergency-vehicle access lane as a pedestrian
Inside the new Student Center, a grand staircase winding around the
clock tower graces the two-story dining hall. On the second floor, the
conference center can house large events or be subdivided into four
smaller spaces for more flexibility. “Pre-function” areas at large
events offer nooks for everyday use as study spaces.
Built Up Roofing: Johns Manville
Clay Tile: Ludowici
Glazing: PPG Solarban®
Carpet: Atlas Elevators: Thyssen Krupp