Arturo Salazar Elementary School

Dallas, Texas

  • FIRM

    WRA Architects


    Dallas Independent School District

  • AREA

    90,000 sq.ft.





The design challenge was to fit a large school, plus a full auditorium, on a small urban site (6 acres) in an established neighborhood.

The resulting building footprint is compact and efficient, and affords ample green space on the small site. Inside, the snug proximities create a more intimate feel with less corridor for the staff to supervise.

At $110 per ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY824COST PER SQ FT$110.26FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio foot, Salazar is cost-

effective while including much to enhance its aesthetics, energy efficiency, security and long-term economy.

Nestled tightly in a diverse residential area, the building projects a range of creative brick patterns that enliven the school with similar variety—each side of the building has a unique brick pattern. Bright interior colors reflect the culture of the community. Technologically, the building design accommodated connecting the HVAC, energy, communication and security systems to the district’s building-management network.

Finally, the building responds to the site with a notable design feature: the street intersection at Salazar’s main entry is a non-right angle. This slightly off square angle is reflected in the building by a large sign wall at the same angle. This sign wall continues inside through the lobby atrium space and down the main corridor.