Thomas Elementary School, Additions and Renovations

Plano, Texas

  • FIRM

    VLK Architects


    Plano Independent School District

  • AREA

    104,551 sq.ft.





This project is the realization of extensive renovations and additions to a 25-year-old elementary school.

The work involved 41,000 square feet of additions including two classroom “clusters” for kindergarten and first grade, music rooms, and a multipurpose activity room with adjoining stage to accommodate physical-education classes and student presentations.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,050COST PER SQ FT$98.44FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation of the 66,000-square-foot existing building involved the replacement of all finishes, MEP systems, technology infrastructure and the campus energy plant. This work occurred following completion of the classroom additions, which served as swing space during the renovation.

The original building’s interior was reconfigured extensively to create larger, more functional classrooms. “Classroom clusters” of seven rooms arranged around a “commons” area facilitate team-teaching and the sharing of resources in a quiet, contained environment.

The project’s design presented a unique opportunity to wrap the original school and create the illusion that the school was completely rebuilt. This improves the school’s visual element and creates a more exciting learning environment.