Doss Elementary School

Austin, Texas




Austin Independent School District


145,000 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Design Team
Stantec: Facilities Assessment, Programming, Architecture, Interior Design, Sustainability & Building Performance—Barry Nebhut (PIC); Tavo Reyes (Senior PM); Cristy Bickel (Senior Project Architect); Allison Schneider (Senior Interior Designer); Anna Abascal (Interior Designer); Shivani Langer (LEED). Bartlett Cocke General Contractors (General Contractor); Gil Engineering (Civil Engineering); DBR, Inc. (MEP Engineering); Coleman & Associates (Landscape Architecture)

Doss Elementary School, known as the “School in the Trees,” is a replacement campus with clearly stated project requirements and a strong existing cultural foundation. The new building incorporates sustainable, biophilic design to deliver operational value and state-of-the-art learning spaces.

Drawing from the natural site context, a treehouse design concept helps maintain the school’s existing identity. Strategically repositioning the school among preserved heritage trees at the top of a scenic hill further reinforces its setting in nature and distinction as a prominent community landmark.

The design takes inspiration from three primary treehouse functions—play, hide, and seek—to define moments throughout the interior: a playful spiral staircase in the library, small seating nooks and breakout areas for focus and contemplation, and passive observation over dining and library spaces. These elements enable students to feel secure, explore, and have fun learning.

Operable glass walls and adaptable furniture in classrooms, corridors, and flex areas promote student choice and provide learners the opportunity to find their own unique path to knowledge.

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Carpet by Milliken
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Brick/Masonry by Interstate Brick
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Hunter Douglas
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Hunter Panels
Insulation by Carlisle SynTec
Movable Partitions/Walls by Won Door
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Plumbing by Nibco
Plumbing by Mueller
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Delray Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Finelite
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Silent Knight
Locks by Best Access Systems
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by Gamco
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Bradley Corporation
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
Communications Systems by Legrand
Clocks/Time Management by Rauland-Borg
HVAC Units by Daikin
HVAC Units by Captive-Aire
HVAC Units by Cook
HVAC Units by York
HVAC Control Devices by Johnson Controls
ADA/Compliance Equipment by Bobrick
Card Systems by HID
Draperies/Blinds by MechoShade
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by PolyVision
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