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  Jaime Escalante Middle SchoolJaime Escalante Middle School

Architect

Gignac & Associates
222 E. Van Buren, #102, Harlingen, TX 78550
www.gignacarchitects.com

General Description

Location: Pharr, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2011 Construction Period: May 2011 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: 156,538 Site: 36 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 40 classrooms, 9 science labs, 2 special education, 750-seat gym.
Building Sizes: First floor, 156,538; total, 156,538 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, Varies 15’ to 35’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Built-up, metal.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Green, Rubiano & Associates - 1220 W. Harrision Avenue, Harlingen, TX 78550
General Contractor: VCC - 1100 E. Jasmine Avenue, #107, McAllen, TX 78501
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR, Inc. - 200 S. 10th Street, #901, McAllen, TX 78501
Food Service: Millunzi & Associates - 26215 Oak Ridge Drive, Spring, TX 77380
Landscape Architect: Gignac Landscape Architecture - 3833 S. Staples, #N119, Corpus Christi, TX 78414


Serving the growing student population in the blossoming Rio Grande Valley city of Pharr, Jaime Escalante Middle School is named after the legendary East L. A. calculus teacher, Jaime Alfonso Escalante Gutierrez.

This school layout is based on the prototype design developed by the Gignac & Associates design team for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District that has been successfully utilized for the school district in the past. This facility is customized for user needs and site conditions but maintains the basic philosophy and key design features that make the prototype design a healthy learning environment.

Jaime Escalante's flexible layout allows the school district to utilize a learning community concept which is a growing trend in education design. Students are grouped by grade level, into independent learning units within each classroom wing. Daylighting is introduced throughout the school including in each learning space, and in the dining and multipurpose spaces through cylindrical skylights at corridor intersections and through clerestory lighting at selected hallways.

To maintain regional appropriateness in design, the school is constructed with durable, load-bearing masonry and large expansive canopies that protect students from the South Texas sun and rain.

With this careful implementation of regional design, Jaime Escalante Middle School is sure to serve the area's student for many years to come.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Hanson Brick
Structural Glazed Tile: Elgin Butler
Roofing: Tremco, Berridge
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Azrock, Andreola, Interface, Dal-Tile Paint: Pittsburgh
Daylighting/Skylights: Kalwall
Lighting: Acuity, Elliptipar, Bega
 

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