International School Parking Structure|
55 Waugh Drive, #450, Houston, TX 77007
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
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, precast. Roof:
Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud
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
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.
Building Envelope: Coreslab Structures
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Oldcastle
Flooring: Mannington, Tandus
Lighting: Lithonia, Nulite, Spectrum, Lucifer, Louis Poulsen,