Lou Vardeman EC/PK/K School

Houston, Texas

Design team: Mary J. Walker (AIA, LEED AP), Wen Wang (Project Architect), Alaa Mohsin (Project Coordinator), LaTonya Tennyson (Senior Project Coordinator), Stanton Engineering Group, LLC (MEP), Brooks & Sparks, Inc. (Civil), Stanley Spurling & Hamilton, Inc. (Structural), FDP (Food Service), Environments&co. (Landscape), Salas O’Brien/KME (Technology), Arrow Consulting ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY824COST PER SQ FT$204.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio (Roofing)

Vivid colors fill this Early Childhood/Pre-K/Kindergarten school for children ages 3 through 6. Thoughtfully organized into three zones—Academic, Administration and Public—the radial design strategically uses cluster wings for classroom identity and easier navigation. The Academic zone contains six color-coded classroom groupings of six to eight classrooms, including seven special populations and one severely disabled classroom, all of which surround the central library area and adjoin the maker space and literacy classroom. An activity space links classrooms, providing students opportunities for creativity and collaboration. The teacher workrooms at each cluster provide additional collaboration space and private area for meetings.
The smart use of colors and waterjet-cut shapes in the flooring offers learning opportunities throughout the building. The gymnasium is designed with unique VCT floor patterns for curriculum use of numbers, building block-shaped letters, and geometric inserts.
Extensive use of windows, including clerestories, and windows in each classroom, promote health and enhance learning. To connect students with nature, the amphitheater and art courtyard provide additional learning spaces in the outdoor environment.