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  East Central High SchoolEast Central High School
Additions & Renovations

Architect

OCO LPA
114 East Cevallos Street, San Antonio, TX 78204
www.ocolpa.com

General Description

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Bid Date: Apr 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Sep 2012

New Academic Building
Total Square Feet: 180,180 Site: 75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 99,742; second floor, 80,368; total, 180,180 square feet.
Building Height: Varies.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane, built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Cafeteria South Addition
Total Square Feet: 14,524 Site: 75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Addition, 3,440; renovation, 11,084; total, 14,524 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20'; total, 20'.
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane, built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Game Gym Addition and Renovations &
Cafeteria North Addition & Renovations

Total Square Feet: 22,947 Site: 75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Addition, 5,271; renovation, 17,676; total, 22,947 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 22'; total, 22'.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane, built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Gym Renovations
Total Square Feet: 12,000 Site: 75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Renovation, 12,000; total, 12,000 square feet.
Building Height: Varies.
Basic Construction Type: IIB/Renovation.
Foundation: Existing. Exterior Walls: Existing. Roof: Existing. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Owner: East Central Independent School District - 6634 New Sulphur Springs Road, San Antonio, TX 78263
Structural Engineer: Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 25836 Highway 281 N, #200, San Antonio, TX 78258
MEP Engineer: Cleary Zimmerman Engineers - 1344 South Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204
Civil Engineer: CDS/Muery Services - 3411 Magic Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
Geotechnical Engineer: Fugro Consulting Engineers - 11009 Osgood Street, San Antonio, TX 78233
General Contractor: Bartlett Cocke, L.P. - 8706 Lockway Street, San Antonio, TX 78217
Kitchen Consultant: Cosper & Associates, Inc. - P.O. Box 275, Elmendorf, TX 78112


"East Central High School has changed the face of our community," said Roland Toscano, principal of East Central High. The district's lone high school had long included nearly 40 separate modular buildings, some four decades old. With the support of the community, the district passed a bond to renovate the school in a way that would serve and respect the community's needs. Special buildings, such as the agricultural classroom and lab, respond to the community's rural location. The renovated cafetorium and gym were specifically designed to serve as after-hours meeting spaces for East Central residents. Recent community events held at the high school include the American Cancer Society's Race for the Cure in April 2012 and the regional CYO track and field meet.

Learning Environment:
The new Academic Center replaced many of the modular buildings and keeps most students under one roof, reducing unsafe and time-consuming outdoor passing periods. Special attention was paid to upgrading the dated data infrastructure, including designing classrooms to accommodate computers on wheels units and creating a Classroom of the Future. Areas such as the aforementioned agricultural building and a culinary arts classroom with a commercial grade kitchen encourage students to pursue career interests. Since the new space has been occupied, the pass rate has jumped 10 percent, and the completion rate for disadvantaged students rose by 13 percent.

Physical Environment:
Sensitive to both overcrowding and a difficult-to-manage, spread out campus, OCO LPA designed the new and renovated buildings to be spacious, yet connected. Masonry and other materials integrate new and existing buildings. Outdoor stair seating and a 700-seat amphitheater provide social spaces that are both safe and comfortable outside of the classrooms. The project also included several sustainable features such as floor-to-ceiling clerestory windows which allow much of the campus to be naturally lit, highly efficient light fixtures, low-maintenance sustainable materials like wood paneling and polished concrete floors, shade structures which keep exteriors cool thereby reducing HVAC expenses, and a 20,000 gallon underground HVAC condensate collection unit that provides water for
landscaping irrigation.

Process of Planning:
East Central ISD Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, and staff led the way by involving the community in the facility analysis and educational specifications planning exercise that led to the bond issue. The Board selected a needs-finding group comprised of parents, educators and students, which participated in walk-throughs and design workshops. The group quickly focused on unifying the instructional space, updating ADA compliance, and creating safer learning and social spaces. The architects and the district kept stakeholders apprised of milestones and progress, and phased the project to allow continued occupancy for the
duration of construction.


Product Information
Building Envelope: DensGlass, Featherlite
Membrane Roofing: Soprema
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Flooring: Daltile, Roppe Elevator: Thyssen Krupp
Lighting: Lithonia, Fire-Lite, Nulite, Hydrel
 

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