Joe Lee Johnson STEAM Academy

Austin, Texas


BLGY Architecture


Round Rock Independent School District


118,300 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Associated firms: Cunningham Allen (Civil), MEP Engineering (MEP), Datum Engineers (Structural), True North Consulting Group (Tech/Security), KAH (Furniture)

The Joe Lee Johnson STEAM Academy is the seventh elementary campus that has been built in the evolution of a prototype design. The facility opened as the Round Rock Independent School District’s first STEAM Academy.
The school has been designed for project-based learning in a learner-centered and future-ready school environment.
Academic neighborhoods have paired classrooms that surround open commons areas and enable a variety of teaching and learning modalities.
Flexible furniture, transparent and folding glass walls, and a technology-rich learning environment foster collaboration. Floor patterns and paint colors were selected to enhance wayfinding.
At the start of construction, the academy’s principal requested a change to folding glass doors in lieu of swing doors between classrooms and commons.
The structural system was able to support this change in opening size and type, and the upgrade was accomplished without too much trigger work.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Physical-Education Flooring by Tarkett USA
Brick/Masonry by Interstate Brick
Ceilings by USG
Ceilings by Mars
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Door Hardware by Allegion
Movable Partitions/Walls by Kawneer
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Gotham Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Focal Point
Lighting & Accessories by Spectrum Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kenall Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Silent Knight
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Skylights by Kingspan
Ceilings by Halcyon
Security Systems by HID
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by Smith Systems
Classroom Furniture by Izzy Design
Classroom Furniture by Paragon
Classroom Furniture by Steelcase
Library/Media Center Furniture by V/S America
Library/Media Center Furniture by Smith Systems
Library/Media Center Furniture by Izzy Design
Library/Media Center Furniture by Paragon
Library/Media Center Furniture by Steelcase
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by V/S America
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Smith Systems
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Izzy Design
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Paragon
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
Washroom Accessories by A&J Washroom Accessories
Athletic Equipment by Performance Sports Systems (PSS)
Playground Equipment by Miracle Recreation Equipment
ADA/Compliance Equipment by STI (Safety Technology International)
Kitchen Equipment by Hobart
Kitchen Equipment by Cleveland Range
Kitchen Equipment by Blodgett
Kitchen Equipment by Thermo-Kool
Kitchen Equipment by Traulsen
Lockers by Penco Products
Draperies/Blinds by Imperial Fastener
Projection Screens by Da-Lite Screen Co
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