Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary School

Rockwall, Texas

  • FIRM



    Rockwall Independent School District

  • AREA

    66,971 sq.ft.





This school is designed to accommodate 650 students with expansion flexibility for an additional 100 students. Bright blues, reds and oranges throughout deliver a dynamic and playful learning environment. Skylights warm the corridors with natural sunlight. As opposed to a traditional linear main corridor where distances from one end to the other can be great, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$116.03CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio2001 Educational Interiors school’s corridor has a triangular shape that pulls the academic spaces together—creating a close-knit environment. This triangle encloses the library and computer lab, while the academic wings expand from each point of the triangle.

Other features include: Zigzagging walls separate every two classrooms, creating a nook in each space that gives teachers flexibility; the dining area serves as a multilevel cafetorium with a raised-platform stage; the school shares this site with a new middle school; grade-level teams minimize safety issues that develop when students of multiple ages mingle; workrooms in every grade-level wing increase staff efficiency and accessibility.

"Creative and playful interior...good use of color...efficient design."—Architectural Portfolio 2000 jury

Photographer: ©Jim Wilson