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  Zachary Kolda Elementary SchoolZachary Kolda Elementary School

Architect & Landscape Architect

Gignac & Associates, LLP
416 Starr Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

General Description

Location: 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, curtain wall.
Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 49.31

Project Team

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 flooring designs.

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.

Product Information
Structural Glazed Tile: Elgin Butler Brick
Roofing: Tremco
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong Interior: Interface FLOR
Daylighting/Skylights: Bristolite Daylighting Systems
Lighting: Lithonia

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