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  Alamo Heights High School Fine ArtsAlamo Heights High School Fine Arts

Architect

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

General Description

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: April 2011 Construction Period: May 2011 to July 2012
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 floor, 12'.
Basic Construction Type: New/Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, precast hollow core planks.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: 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: 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 audience.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Reynobond, ACME Brick
Roofing: US Ply
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope(R)
Flooring: Armstrong, Roppe
Interior: Sherwin Williams, Temple-Inland Building Products by Georgia Pacific, Wall Technology
Lighting: Lithonia, Finelite
 

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