Atascocita Springs Elementary School (ASE) is an innovative and unique school in the Humble Independent School District in Texas. Charged with designing a sustainable, energy-efficient facility to inspire learning, the designers created a school that is a learning tool itself. Inspired by the rich tradition of Humble’s energy, the building COST PER SQ FT$149.53CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas CHPS-Texas and LEED criteria. The plan’s finger design brings natural light into all classrooms, and creates unique outdoor learning courtyards for all grade levels. The two-story configuration affords staff the opportunity for vertical teaming and mentoring.
Learning opportunities abound with embedded science and math curricula through ecosystems represented in ceiling panels and magnetic walls, and tile specifically selected to help students understand proportions and fractions. Interactive kiosks enable students to log solar, water, gas and electrical consumption, also tying the community’s rich energy tradition to the building’s sustainable features, and to grade-level appropriate curriculum. Solar panels and a rainwater cistern outside showcase renewable energies.
Austin natural stone, local masonry and wood are incorporated throughout the school to reinforce the facility’s sustainable goals.
"The common areas engage students with energy and sustainability features."--2011 jury