Great Glazing: South Intermediate High School


Charles Davis Smith, AIA, architectural photographer; Dallas

The basics: Before renovation, South Intermediate High School, part of Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma, met largely in portable buildings. The $9.4 million project renovated 9,800 square feet and added approximately 33,700 square feet of space, giving students and teachers the permanent and updated space they needed.

Building designers integrated the school’s existing structures with the expansion. The storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems products used help convey a sense of connectedness across the large campus, while offering outside views and natural daylight.

The players: Architect, Perkins+Will; general contractor, CMS Willowbrook; glazing contractor, Architectural Glass & Metal Inc.; glass manufacturer, PPG; entrance systems, manufacturer, Tubelite Inc.; entrance systems, finisher, Linetec

The glass and systems: South Intermediate High School’s extensive makeover was designed by Perkins+Will, who chose Tubelite's T14000 Series storefront, 400 Series curtain wall and seven, wide stile doors for use throughout this low-rise application with contemporary aesthetics. Architectural Glass and Metal Inc. installed more than 390 linear feet of Tubelite’s products.

On the new academic wing, large amounts of clear glazing, featuring PPG Solarban 60, promote transparency from indoor to outdoor space. Brick masonry, light-colored exterior plaster and dark bronze anodize on the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems’ aluminum framing complement the existing architecture.

The project earned a 2013 Built: Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Dallas.