Kolda Elementary School|
Architect & Landscape Architect
Gignac & Associates, LLP
416 Starr Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Corpus Christi, Texas
Date Bid: Apr 2011
Construction Period: Apr 2011 to Nov 2012
Total Square Feet: 83,500 Site: 11 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three; 40 classrooms, 22 seating capacities.
Building Sizes: First floor, 83,500; total, 83,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; total, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: New/2B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick,
Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 49.31
Structural Engineer: Green, Rubiano & Associates - 1220 W.
Harrison Avenue, Harlingen, TX 78550
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR Engineering, Inc. - 921 N.
Chaparral Street, #211, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Civil Engineer: Randy Thompson, P.E. - 144 Cordula Street, Corpus
Christi, TX 78411
General Contractor: Fulton Coastcon Construction - 1102 Second
Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
The new Zachary Kolda Elementary School was conceived by the Corpus
Christi Independent School District as a new community elementary school
placed in a rapid-developing area of town. The site of the new school is
surrounded by new residential development. This building is the latest
and most innovative educational building completed to date for CCISD. It
is also the first school to be LEED certified, loaded with sustainable
design features to educate both students and the surrounding community
about sustainability. The building is designed to be shared by the
community and is equipped with security features to allow access to the
school's "cafetorium," library, restrooms, outdoor pavilion and play
fields. The completed facility is named in honor and memory of the late
CCISD high school graduate and US Marine Corporal who died for his
country in the Iraq War, Corporal Zachary Alan Kolda.
The master floor plan and general layout of the educational spaces are
derived from a prototype design, but each school that utilizes the
design has facility-specific elements including grand entries, masonry
colors, patterns and unique interior color schemes and design. The
prototype floor plan provides a secure environment easily monitored by
staff and a separation of uses that keep educational and high energy
activities remote to best address issues of acoustics, access, and
circulation. The "cross" design allows for optimal natural daylighting
and emergency egress. Unique accents include our colored, "jagged"
window mullion system, and vibrant, intricately detailed terrazzo
The original planning process completed with the District in "on-site
design charrettes" and subsequent design process meetings produced an
optimized building plan. This design takes into account large volumes of
input and data collected by the design team from district teachers,
administrators, maintenance staff, School Board Members, and students.
The prototype design standards serve as benchmarks for renovation of
existing elementary schools within the district that are not in need of
complete replacement. These design concepts have worked so well that the
district has chosen to use this "prototype" design concept seven times
across the city.
Because this design might be used several times throughout the school
district, the importance of sustainability and efficiency increased. The
facility design would be guided by LEED for Schools 2009 standards and
certified LEED Silver.
This project was constructed on a previously developed piece of land
located within a ¼-mile of 3 bus-lines/stops with great bicycle and
pedestrian accessibility, making the facility an ideal destination for
alternative transportation methods.
Our project team incorporated only the most cutting-edge technology and
building systems available. Highly efficient mechanical systems with
active controls technology reduce energy consumption while an on-site
windmill and solar hot-water heating creates energy. The school district
purchased 70% of electricity through Green Renewable Energy Credits.
Finally, the indoor environmental quality is crucial in elementary
schools to keep children healthy and attending classes, so air quality
plans were executed and tested to ensure meeting air quality standards
to ensure that Zachary Kolda Elementary School is a successful and
desirable learning environment.
Structural Glazed Tile:
Elgin Butler Brick
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong Interior: Interface FLOR
Daylighting/Skylights: Bristolite Daylighting Systems