Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School

Indio, California

  • FIRM

    Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke


    Desert Sands Unified School District

  • AREA

    54,000 sq.ft.





Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School was designed to serve as a prototype for future elementary school development within the district, and its design was conceived to be adaptable to a variety of potential site conditions.

The school has been designed initially to accommodate 725 students in grades K to 5 with the core facilities and site layout master-planned ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$153.76FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio 875. The classrooms have been clustered in multiple groups of four, each surrounding a shared, daylight-filled, small-group instructional workroom, restrooms and itinerant staff conferencing area.

Within each of the classrooms, a built-in “teaching wall” has been provided that contains a networked computer connected to a large-screen video display with interactive voice, data and video-transmission capabilities, as well as a computer alcove accommodating eight workstations.

The central courtyard serves as an identifiable gathering place. A communications/clock tower at the center of the courtyard will connect the school to a districtwide information network.

The placement of the administrative, media center and multipurpose building areas near the front of the campus encourages after-hours community use, while maintaining a visual connection with the courtyard during school hours and providing student access to these spaces.

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