Park Place Elementary School Addition/Renovation

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM



    Houston Independent School District

  • AREA

    91,557 sq.ft.





Park Place Elementary School’s campus was aging and crowded with temporary buildings. The existing administration and classroom building was remodeled into a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten center, which is connected by a covered walkway leading to classrooms for grades 1 to 3. This allows for separation of the two student groups. Safety built into the design created ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$94.43FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation student dropoffs and different play areas for these students.

Because of a change in the original scope of work, the building plan and site circulation required a complete mirror-flip during the middle of the project. Although this was a significant challenge to the architects and the process was not easy, the result is a much better school. Poor soil, existing foundation concerns and possible excavation during the rainy season led to the selection of a structural slab solution.

In the center of the school are academic spaces for special-needs students. By being central to other academic spaces, special demographics are blended into the overall culture.