The district believes in community involvement and appreciated the architect’s “on-site design process.” Although the elementary design was based on a prototype the district had already used, the architect found ways to make Bluebonnet unique.
A simple modification was made by replacing the floor-to-ceiling laminate wall panels in the hallways with corkboard from CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$65.37FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio feet to the ceiling. This allowed for an easier way to display student artwork. Each grade level has created its own theme to make students feel welcome.
The barrel-shaped ceiling is another innovation. Instead of an otherwise dull ceiling, the architect followed the district’s direction and incorporated a more attractive design. With windows in every classroom, teachers can modify artificial lighting as needed, providing a way to conserve energy.
Large TV monitors in each classroom give teachers multiple uses. Whether displaying the lesson prepared from the teacher’s own computer or calling up a video from the media-retrieval system, students can be assured a modern education experience. Four computer stations are in every classroom, and a 30-station computer lab is down the hall. The computers are linked via fiber optics to the school’s network, which is linked to the district’s network.