CASE STUDY: John A. Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie, Texas, Corgan Associates, Inc.
Architect: Corgan Associates, Inc.
CLIENT: Grand Prairie Independent School District
Cast in place concrete frame: Master Concrete Company
Masonry: Acme Brick
Coal-Tar Elastomeric Roofing System:Armko Industries, Inc.
Aluminum Windows: Kawneer
Program: A four-story, 260,000-square-foot high school comprising four wings that spin off from a central atrium. The main building houses four programs: the School of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, and Manufacturing; the School of Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication; the School of Business, Marketing, Finance, and Information Technology; and the School of Health Science Technology. An auxiliary building houses the School of Transportation and Logistics.
Design concept and solution: Corgan set out to design a sort of rehearsal professional environment modeled after a corporate setting, in a facility flexible enough to adapt to the school's changing needs. Many of the program spaces are set up like businesses: the cosmetology department has its own entrance with a reception desk and salon stations; the culinary arts space replicates a commercial kitchen. To help the school to accommodate changing curricula, Corgan used a pan-slab floor structure to maximize column spacing, and kept power and HVAC systems within confined areas to allow interior walls to be reconfigured. With an open circular stair leading to the upper floors, the atrium serves as an expansive central meeting place where students from all programs mix. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a palette of bronze hues and dark wood complete the school's professional look.