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  Awty Classroom & Administration BuildingAwty Classroom & Administration Building


Bailey Architects, Inc.
55 Waugh Drive, #450, Houston, TX 77007

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to June 2012
Total Square Feet: 65,234 Site: 129,813 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One; 33 classrooms seating 1,085.
Building Size: First floor, 21,370; second floor, 21,852; third floor, 22,012; total, 65,234 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 15’4”; floor to floor, 14’; total, 43’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/2-B
Foundation: Structural slab. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall. Roof: Modified bitumen. Floors: Concrete on steel deck. 
Interior Walls:
Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 45.83.
LEED® Silver

Project Team

Owner: The Awty International School - 7455 Awty School Road, Houston, TX 77055
Structural Engineer: Haynes Whaley Associates - 3700 West Sam Houston Parkway South, #100 Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Tellepsen Builders, L.P. - 777 Benmar, #400, Houston, TX 77060
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Burns DeLatte & McCoy, Inc. - 320 Westcott Street, #100, Houston, TX 77007
Commissioning: Pennington & Associates Commissioning - 7710 Cherry Park Drive, #337, Houston, TX 77095

The Classroom and Administration Building initiated the first phase of The Awty International School's newly developed master-plan prepared by Bailey Architects. Bailey Architects, a Houston-based architecture firm, has had an on-going client relationship with Awty, one of the country's premier private international schools, since 2001 beginning with the adaptive reuse of a two-story warehouse for a lower school, a 24.5-acre master plan, athletic complex, and 450-car parking garage. Plans are on the boards for a new preschool and construction started in June 2013 on a lower school expansion as the school anticipates growth from the current 1,504 student enrollment
to 1,550 students.

Tasked with efficiently incorporating a diverse program on a very limited site, Bailey Architects designed the Classroom and Administration Building to house 33 classrooms, art studios, a dining hall, and the school's administrative headquarters in addition to relocating an existing soccer field to support Awty's athletic program. Conversion of the dining hall to 10 more classrooms is anticipated.

Multiple first-floor entrances direct students, visitors, and staff to enter the building separately, and zone academic, administrative, support, and dining operations. The new classroom building enhances Awty's ability to respond to a growing student body and curriculum, and to continue providing excellent academic programs. The building design achieved LEED Silver from the USGBC LEED for Schools program for its sustainable site approach, water conservation, energy efficiency, selection of materials and products with recycled content, and special consideration for improved indoor air quality.

Established in 1956, Awty is currently the largest international school in the United States and ranks the largest among ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the Southwest) member schools in Houston. The school offers parallel programs from Preschool to Grade 12 leading to either the International Baccalaureate or the
French Baccalaureate.

LEED® Points Achieved         39 Total
Sustainable Sites                      6
Water Efficiency                     5
Energy & Atmosphere               7
Materials & Resources               7
Indoor Environmental Quality   11
Innovation in Design Process      3

Product Information
Sheathing: Georgia Pacific Brick: Acme
Steel Framing: Clark Dietrich Roofing: Johns Manville
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Lesco

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