Designed and built under the constraints of an aggressive schedule, Cactus Ranch Elementary School was completed in 11 months to meet the needs of the Round Rock district—one of the fastest growing districts in Texas. Despite the fast pace kept up by the entire team, quality was never sacrificed.
The campus features a media center, cafetorium, gymnasium, music room, CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$113.19FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio labs, art rooms, computer labs, life-skills lab, resource rooms and commons areas. The media center is the focal point of the school and contains community meeting spaces, wireless computer technology and a story stage. Team-teaching areas can be converted to a standard classroom.
Colors, textures, patterns and graphics provide scale, orientation and organization. The pattern on the gym floor instantly organizes students for individual or group activities. Materials such as CMU, plastic laminate wall panels and terrazzo were selected for aesthetics, durability and life-cycle cost.
Environmental features include daylighting, individual thermostatic control and heat-recovery systems.