Burleson Independent School District needed a new prototype design for its elementary schools. High-performance design concepts and materials were incorporated to reduce energy and maintenance costs, and enhance student performance.
It was important to preserve the old Texas ranch-style heritage of the site, which has been valued by the community for many years with COST PER SQ FT$105.99FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers rolling terrain, old weathered barns and windmill, and groves of large trees. In selecting the school’s location and building materials, the architect sought to incorporate and complement the area’s natural resources.
Mullions in the storefront entry to the library create a star formation, similar to the prominent star featured at the top of the main entry gate to the school. Natural fossilized limestone at the library charging desk creates an opportunity for students to trace fossil images onto paper and then conduct further research via the Internet. One wall of the library was cladded with clapboard siding to replicate the weathered wood appearance of the site’s old barn.