Tarver Elementary School

Temple, Texas

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture


    Belton Independent School District

  • AREA

    75,000 sq.ft.





The vision and design expectation for the campus was for the students to be excited about learning. Communal hubs join each grade level to create an environment for learners and facilitators to participate and collaborate in joint learning. Students are able to interact with one another and have the opportunity to enhance what they have learned in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$162.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio classroom.

The “learning courtyard” connects the science labs and the learning environment. This space is accessed directly from the science classrooms, allowing students to conduct and study outdoor experiments. A protective play area for the youngest children, including a tricycle track, is situated between two classroom wings. The intent of the multipurpose room is for students to display artwork and science projects. Depending on the school’s use, the transparent room is converted easily between the two subjects, creating a constant learning atmosphere.

A unique design notation was incorporating the stage area into the play area. These spaces are separated by a movable wall during performances. When the stage area is not in use, the wall remains open for students to use during their time in the play area. This feature also helped reduce the building’s overall square footage.