Heights High School Fine Arts|
114 East Cevallos Street, San Antonio, TX 78204
San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: April 2011 Construction Period: May 2011 to July
Total Square Feet: 25,536 Site: 1.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 23,034; second floor, 2,502; total,
25,536 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 29’; second floor, 13’ 8”; floor to
Basic Construction Type: New/Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, precast hollow
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 13300 Old
Blanco Road, #326, San Antonio, TX 78216
General Contractor: Barlett Cocke General Contractors - 8706
Lockway Street, San Antonio, TX 78217
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR Engineering Consultants -
8626 Tesoro Drive, #702, San Antonio, TX 78217
Civil Engineer: CDS/Muery Services - 3411 Magic Drive, San
Antonio, TX 78229
Security/IT: Combs Consulting Group, LP - 8200 IH 10 West, #103,
San Antonio, TX 78230
Acoustics: BAI, LLC - 4006 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751
The Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas is known for its
excellence as a college preparatory high school. Students have their
pick of a wide selection of extra-curricular opportunities. The school
in keeping pace with its needs, wanted to update and add more space for
their Fine Arts program and selected OCO LPA to meet this need.
A 13,000-square-foot building was added with new spaces for band,
orchestra, and chorale curriculum along with the renovation of the
existing 9,500-square-foot music building. OCO LPA facilitated
collaboration with the fine arts departments to understand the process
and the technology used to teach music and how to incorporate it into
their design. Flex spaces are shared in the new addition by multiple
departments and each department has its own dedicated storage rooms.
Building height at clerestory keeps massing of the rest of the hall at
an appropriate scale. Strategically oriented clerestory avoids harsh
western exposure while introducing north & south natural light. Volume
of interior space enhances acoustics. Clerestory glazing removes glass
from the plane perpendicular to sound, a major acoustic concern.
The design of the band hall, choral hall, orchestra hall, and percussion
are optimized to meet the unique acoustic environment of each space.
Adjacencies of offices, practice rooms, storage, and other venues allow
each hall to function separately while maintaining a collegial
relationship for the whole department.
The connector building traverses two different floor levels was
developed to directly join the Fine Arts with the Auditorium in one
contiguous, interior space. Field striping is integrated into the band
hall floor so marching band can work on their nuance moves. A MIDI
Pre-AP lab provides state-of-the-art recording environment, video
capture and digital recording/playback integrated into each venue, and
custom designed cello cabinets to facilitate teachers and students. The
technology infrastructure is designed for future expandability. Choral
venue is designed to be able to locate the choir riser in either
dimension so space can be used for small group performances with an
The addition/renovation is connected to Solar PV array providing 200kW
AC of electricity to the campus. HVAC system operations are enhanced
through use of ice-making equipment to supplement cooling capacity. Low
VOC adhesives and paint were used throughout new addition. Natural
lighting and occupancy sensors are used to reduce energy use. Restrooms,
which service new addition, have low flow fixtures.
Existing Oak trees were relocated, along with a new courtyard, and
reconfiguration of the parking area helps maximizes the use of the
limited building area and creates a functional and beautiful new area
for the Fine Arts department of the Alamo Heights High School to be
enjoyed by all.
Building Envelope: Reynobond, ACME Brick
Roofing: US Ply
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle
Flooring: Armstrong, Roppe
Interior: Sherwin Williams, Temple-Inland Building Products by
Georgia Pacific, Wall Technology
Lighting: Lithonia, Finelite