Dr. Linda Henrie Elementary School

Dallas, Texas

  • FIRM

    WRA Architects


    Mesquite ISD

  • AREA

    114,602 sq.ft.





Design team
Tony Apel, AIA; Steve Shaffer, AIA; Graham Baumann, AIA

Linda Henrie Elementary School is a sustainable building that employs geothermal technology and was designed to meet Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria. As the largest of the district’s 33 elementary schools, it includes 50 standard classrooms, an assortment ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$191.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio special-use and multifunction rooms, and many features that enhance 21st-century learning methods.
Highlights of the facility include natural light in almost all learning spaces; an outdoor learning courtyard between the classroom wings for exterior teaching spaces; a community walking trail; south-facing classrooms that allow optimum heat gain in the winter but with shading devices to block the summer sun; a highly reflective “cool roof;” and stormwater retention ponds. The two-story structure reduces the roof area, shrinks the building’s footprint on the land, and increases greenspace on the site.
The geothermal system harvests the Earth’s thermal properties 300 feet below the surface to cool and heat the building more efficiently. It uses 17 percent to 50 percent less energy than a conventional HVAC system. A computerized energy management system (EMS) monitors the HVAC and lighting, and provides valuable information about the building’s energy consumption.