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  Awty International School Parking StructureAwty International School Parking Structure


Bailey Architects
55 Waugh Drive, #450, Houston, TX 77007

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2012
Construction Period: Feb 2012 to Oct 2012
Total Square Feet: 174,582 Site: 3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 35,318; second through fifth floor, 34,816 each; total 174,582 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17’; second through fifth floor, 11’ each; total, 61’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, precast. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Cardno, Haynes, Whaley - 3700 W. Sam Houston Parkway, S., #100, Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Tellepsen Builders - 777 Benmar Drive, #400, Houston, TX 77060
Mechanical Engineer & Electrical Engineer: Burns, DeLatte & McCoy, Inc. - 320 Westcott Street, #100, Houston, TX 77007
Civil Engineer: Kuo & Associates, Inc. - 10700 Richmond Avenue, #113, Houston, TX 77042

Bailey Architects, a Houston based architectural firm, has enjoyed an ongoing client relationship with the Awty International School for 14 years. Projects have included the adaptive reuse of a warehouse for a lower school, a 24.5-acre master plan, athletic complex, classroom and administration building, parking garage, and a lower school addition currently under construction. Awty is a premiere International School in the United States and the largest private school in Houston. Since 2009 Awty's enrollment has risen from 1200 to 1550 students.

The growth of students and faculty, combined with a very limited campus footprint, necessitated the construction of a new multipurpose parking structure to accommodate parking for faculty, staff, students, and visitors as well as providing covered carpool drop-off, maintenance and facilities offices and warehouse, and infrastructure for future growth.

The 5-level, precast structure, accommodates 440 cars and is centrally located as a key component to the campus circulation, both vehicular and pedestrian. Precast sandblasted and chemical retardation finishes combined with architectural stainless steel mesh panels complement the campus architecture. The mesh also provides protection from harsh sunlight while allowing airflow and visibility from the structure's interior. Throughout the day, the mesh also becomes a visually dynamic surface reflecting and shimmering in the sunlight. At night, the panels are uplit with programmable, multicolored led fixtures that graze the surface of the panels providing a variety of illumination opportunities.

Glass enclosed stair towers anchor the corners of the structure and provide a refined transition between parking and the campus while helping to tie the parking structure into the campus environment. The first level of the structure is 17-feet clear to allow fire truck access and contains no parking, but a pass through which provides 2-lanes of thru traffic and 2-lanes for carpool drop off and pick up. Additional canopies at the perimeter assist in giving the students covered, protected access to the rest of the campus. Parking is located on the upper levels and is accessed through an adjacent ramp.

In addition to the maintenance and facility offices and warehouse, the central break tank and pump are also located on the first floor to provide fire protection for current and future construction. Upper levels have future chiller locations to allow for campus expansion. The Awty Parking Structure is a unique, multifunctional structure that provides Awty the necessary infrastructure for current and future campus growth.

Founded in 1975, Bailey Architects is a Houston-based architectural, planning, and interior design firm whose design team of professionals specializes in programming, facility assessments, master planning, facility design, sustainable design, and construction administration. Recognized as one of the state's leading medium-sized design firms, Bailey Architects has over 65 design awards to its credit - including Firm of the Year awards from both the Texas Society of Architects and American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter and has been honored by the Texas Historical Commission for their commitment to preserving historic buildings and sites. The firm's award-winning design experience includes historic preservation, commercial/corporate, institutional/educational, retail, library, parking facilities, healthcare, and liturgical architecture.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Coreslab Structures
Roofing: Carlisle
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope(R)
Flooring: Mannington, Tandus
Lighting: Lithonia, Nulite, Spectrum, Lucifer, Louis Poulsen, Visa, Insight
Elevator: Schindler

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