Lance Thompson Elementary School

Argyle, Texas




Northwest ISD


3,935 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


More than 200 students, educators and district leaders were asked to envision a “school of the future” for elementary-aged students in the Northwest Independent School District. The result is a school with no boundaries, where learning is on display and where students and educators collaborate formally and organically as part of a unique culture. This facility became the district’s prototype.

At the heart of the two-story school, a high-volume library/commons uses an exciting treehouse concept—supported by laminated wood columns. It was key that the library be open, while also minimizing distractions. To meet this challenge, the team designed a variety of spaces with mobile, flexible elements (such as movable walls). Small and large learning spaces—plus a maker space with connection to the outdoors—surround the library/commons, enabling teachers to scale learning environments.

Grade-level learning communities connect directly to the library/commons. Throughout the building are multiple channels of connectivity between peers, teachers, administrators and the community. Transparency creates visual connection between spaces. Biophilic design elements create a unique learning experience.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Teague Nall and Perkins, Accessology, Estes McClure and Associates

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Special Citation

Featured in

2020 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Libraries/Media Centers

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Marmoleum
Brick/Masonry by Yankee Hill Brick & Tile
Brick/Masonry by Oldcastle Architectural
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Insulation by Icynene
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Bradley Corporation
Plumbing by Kohler
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Roofing by Johns Manville
Lighting & Accessories by Metalux
Emergency Lighting by Metalux
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Activar Construction Products
HVAC Units by Lennox
Movable Partitions/Walls by Renlita Doors
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by PolyVision
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