“We chose to use ALUCOBOND PLUS as a decorative theme for the college,” said Vela. “It’s low maintenance and requires no painting. Once ALUCOBOND is installed, it’s there – unlike stucco that tends to fade. The custom green and violet ALUCOBOND will be there for many years with no maintenance. The ALUCOBOND was a good fit; it makes the campus architecturally appealing.”
While selecting weather-resistant ALUCOBOND® PLUS as decorative cladding may have been an easy choice, Vela said renovating an existing building designed for manufacturing into college classrooms, offices and labs was much more difficult than designing new construction.
Renovating the industrial building into an educational setting required working around a load-bearing wall in the middle of the manufacturing facility as well as existing columns, bracing and roof heights not designed for classrooms. The renovation required much of the existing building’s interior to be demolished and an entrance created where there previously was none.
EGV Architects was able to add 4,621 square of additional space to the existing building’s north side to serve as an outdoor welding lecture space and lab while maintaining the industrial architectural idea, according to Vela.
Broaddus & Associates, headquartered in Austin, Texas, provided project management services for South Texas College. E-Con Group, LLC , of Edinburg, Texas, served as general contractor for the project.
Bowman Distributing Co., of San Benito, Texas, which fabricated and installed the Alucobond panels with a rain screen system, began work with EGV Architects in the design stage.
In addition to the renovated building’s decorative design elements clad in the Custom STC Violet and Custom STC Green ALUCOBOND® PLUS, the building’s design features a highly visible entrance to a two-story lobby that is covered by a canopy and columns clad in Silver Metallic ALUCOBOND® PLUS.
“The entry to the campus is very visible to the whole area,” said Marchan. “We’ve received very positive comments from the architect about this project, and the school loved it. We’re very pleased with the outcome of this project.”