South Shaver Elementary School
The architectural work at the South Shaver Elementary School in Pasadena, Texas, is a testament to Randall-Porterfield Architects’ commitment to rise to any architectural challenge they encounter. Plans for this 104,000-square-foot structure required that construction take place on the site of the existing South Shaver Elementary School building. The design called for COST PER SQ FT$122.00FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas and innovation so that timelines could be met and the existing building could remain in use throughout construction.
The new facility offers improved functionality and aesthetics, yet still draws on elements of the existing building to ensure a seamless fit with the surrounding community. Among the design’s many attributes are a unique multi-purpose courtyard, spacious classrooms, and a welcoming entrance with a wide circle drive. The educational structures are built with durable materials that reflect the architect’s commitment to creating sustainable structures. South Shaver Elementary School stands as a dynamic two-story building that can accommodate 800 students.
A multi-purpose courtyard features various learning spaces, an amphitheater, a circular plaza covered by a canopy, a science garden, rain garden with cistern, and a blue soft-surface play area.
Randall-Porterfield Architects made it a priority provide high-quality outdoor spaces and daylight for all students. By designing the plan around the courtyard and rotunda, the building is able to draw daylight into all of the classrooms and into the main hallways.