Pass ISD Outdoor Education Center|
The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706
Location: Sabine Pass, Texas
Date Bid: Sept 2012 Construction Period: Sept 2012 to Oct
Total Square Feet: 10,193 Site: 1 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 216; second floor, 10,012; total,
10,193 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’ 4”, second floor, 14’ 5”;
total, 27’ 9”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Poured-In-Place Concrete.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, concrete spread
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Modified bitumen.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.
Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman Engineers, Inc. - 1405
Cornerstone Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
General Contractor: Allco, Inc. - 6720 College Street, Beaumont,
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lechtenberg Consulting
Engineers, Inc. - 7999 Gladys Avenue, #101B, Beaumont, TX 77706
Hurricane Ike was the third-costliest hurricane ever to make land fall
in the United States and the costliest hurricane in Texas history. Many
suffered losses along the Gulf Coast but none more than small school
districts who saw their facilities covered with water or totally washed
away. After the storm, federal money was available for recovery provided
that the new building’s 1st floor was located above the flood plain, in
this case 14 feet above grade and designed to withstand 150 mph winds.
As part of their recovery, Sabine Pass ISD embarked on a program of
building replacement which included the Outdoor Education Building.
This 10,000-square-foot building was required to have its 1st floor
raised above the existing grade to provide protection from flooding. Its
poured-in-place reinforced concrete structure and masonry skin helps
provide stability for winds up to 150mph. The main floor is accessible
by three poured-in-place concrete stairs along with a hydraulic elevator
for ADA accessibility. The top of the stairs opens onto wide open
walkways and an observation deck. The decks are surrounded by handrails
which feature the schools shark logo. The building's elevator tower
which faces the entry street stands as a beacon identifying the building
from the main highway. Its face features a three tiered masonry skin
that steps back as it rises above the ground. The crowning jewel is an
illuminated shark logo located midway up the tower. The observation deck
which overlooks the football field provides an elevated platform for
viewing action on the field. The building’s exterior is covered with
brick veneer which matches the colors and detailing of the school’s
campus. The long axis of the building runs east to west allowing for
most solar exposure from the north and south. The “dog-trot” breezeway
thru the center of the building allows for cross ventilation cooling of
the unconditioned exterior decks and walkways.
Interior wall construction is CMU block which is painted or covered with
ceramic tile. Ceilings are open structure painted except for the food
service areas which include a fiberglass grid with vinyl covered gypsum
panels for ease of cleaning.
Adjacent to the observation deck is a concession stand with full
commercial kitchen featuring a stainless steel vent-a-hood, 6-burner
stove with flat griddle and commercial fryers. Openings for access to
the concessions area can be closed using the hurricane proof overhead
The restrooms are located adjacent to the concession stand. The interior
wall finish is ceramic tile featuring a checkerboard of purple and gold
accented by white tile and plumbing fixtures. The interiors are designed
for high abuse and building longevity.
Building Envelope: Pacific Clay Brick, Acme Brick, Yankee Hill
Roofing: U.S. Ply, Inc. Windows: Kawneer
Interior: Featherlite CMU
Lighting: Cooper Industries