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  Sabine Pass ISD Outdoor Education CenterSabine Pass ISD Outdoor Education Center


The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706

General Description

Location: Sabine Pass, Texas
Date Bid: Sept 2012 Construction Period: Sept 2012 to Oct 2013
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 footings.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Modified bitumen. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman Engineers, Inc. - 1405 Cornerstone Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
General Contractor: Allco, Inc. - 6720 College Street, Beaumont, TX 77707
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 rolling shutters.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Pacific Clay Brick, Acme Brick, Yankee Hill Brick
Roofing: U.S. Ply, Inc. Windows: Kawneer
Interior: Featherlite CMU
Lighting: Cooper Industries
Elevator: Thyssen-Krupp

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