Jr. High School|
OCO Architects, Inc.
114 E. Cevallos, San Antonio, TX 78204
Location: Von Ormy, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2011 Construction Period: Aug 2011 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 125,800 Site: 38 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; 28 general classrooms, 6 science, 4
computer, 1 art, 2 rehearsal, 1 dance, 2 gymnasiums.
Building Size: First floor, 125,800; total, 125,800 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, varies; total, at ridge 25’, 28’,
31’; mechanical mezzanines, 11’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Stone, insulated metal panel. Roof: Metal,
membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
Structural Engineer: Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 13300 Old
Blanco Road, #326, San Antonio, TX 78216
General Contractor: Gamma Construction Company - 2808 Joanel
Street, Houston, TX 77027
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR Engineering Consultants,
Inc. - 8626 Tesoro Drive, #702, San Antonio, TX 78217
Civil Engineer: CDS Muery Services - 3411 Magic Drive, San
Antonio, TX 78229
Food Service Consultant: Robert Simpson & Associates - P.O. Box
311823, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Somerset Jr. High School is a stunning example of what a design firm can
attain while practicing cost effectiveness and knowing value is a
primary importance. O'Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects, Inc. pushed the
limits of design while utilizing a pre-engineered metal building, slab
on grade foundation and daylighting in this new junior high school.
The school is located in the Independent School District in Somerset, in
South Central Texas. The District realized the need for a new facility,
as the current school was constructed in 1986, designed for 350 students
and now was accommodating 600 students and continuing to grow.
The new Somerset Jr. High School is a result of a facility Master Plan
and District Wide Analysis. A $13 million bond issue allowed the
district to build the new facility. The new school serves grades 7 and 8
with the capacity for expansion to include larger grade 7 and 8 or add
the 6th grade in the future.
The school is designed in two basic structures, one housing academic,
library and administration functions and the other housing cafeteria,
fine arts and physical education/athletic functions. The two main
structures are organized around an outside "commons" area that will
provide an area for students to congregate during off periods.
The district is one of the poorest property tax districts in the state
therefore cost effectiveness and value was of primary importance. OCO
Architects used an innovative composite insulated metal wall panel
system to save an estimated $400,000 dollars while providing a
durability and high-energy efficiency for the school.
Daylighting of interior spaces is accomplished through the use of
clerestory windows. A slab on grade foundation was used and helped
achieve cost-effectiveness of the school. The costs of the slab on grade
foundation were reduced due to the soils on site being very stable and
therefore also minimizing the number of intermediate beams throughout
the foundation footprint resulting in greater cost savings.
The building's framing system utilized pre-engineered metal building
components giving the school a beautiful study in angles and an airy and
open feel. The school completed in only 11 months is a success and will
enrich the community for years to come.
Building Envelope: IPS, MBCI Roofing: GAF Everguard, MBCI
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO, a Pella Company
Gypsum: Temple Inland, USG Acoustical: CertainTeed,
Flooring: Roppe, Pawling Interlock Wood Flooring: Lees
Retroplate Polished Concrete Pre-Engineered Building: Ceco