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  Somerset Jr. High SchoolSomerset Jr. High School


OCO Architects, Inc.
114 E. Cevallos, San Antonio, TX 78204

General Description

Location: Von Ormy, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2011 Construction Period: Aug 2011 to Sep 2012
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 stud drywall.

Project Team

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: IPS, MBCI Roofing: GAF Everguard, MBCI
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO, a Pella Company
Gypsum: Temple Inland, USG Acoustical: CertainTeed, Armstrong
Flooring: Roppe, Pawling Interlock Wood Flooring: Lees Carpet,
Retroplate Polished Concrete Pre-Engineered Building: Ceco Building Systems

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