Cameron Elementary School, Renovations & New Additions

San Antonio, Texas

The program for Cameron Elementary School called for completely renovating the original 1960s-era classroom building, doubling the size of the overall school with a new building addition and creating a modern looking state-of-the-art educational facility with the latest IT technology and security.

At the start of the project, the design team observed that the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$181.59FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation entry created congestion and potential vehicular/pedestrian safety hazards. The design team determined that redirecting student access to the sides of the school and separating bused student drop-off from parent student drop-off would reduce congestion and eliminate safety hazards. This concept also created an opportunity for students to converge at a single common space, creating a “mall” effect. Maintaining the main entrance for visitors and linking the student side entrances along a circulation spine creates an interesting common space. The school administration office was relocated along the common area with the receptionist counter facing the main entry doors, ensuring observation/control of visitor access into the school.

The common area was transformed into a two-story space to open up and enhance the interior. A color scheme featuring an assortment of solid-color vinyl composition tile created exciting floor pattern combinations. The ceiling of the two-story common area is exposed to the metal roof deck and was painted off-white, along with all elements at the roof (excluding structural beams, columns and ducts). The off-white color maximizes light reflectance from the wall-mounted up-light fluorescent light fixtures (indirect lighting allowed for 15 percent reduction in the quantity of light fixtures needed). Exposed structural beams were painted blue and exposed round HVAC ducts were painted yellow (for supply air) and green (for return air) to stand out and stimulate student interest.