HISD contracted with our firm to design a replacement school for Lucile Gregg Elementary School; a 50+ year-old outdated facility. The new school was required to incorporate state-of-the-art equipment, current state-mandated student/teacher ratios, and sustainable/community-friendly design sensitivity. During the design of the school, our staff incorporated sustainable design components of water and energy efficiency, site sensitivity, and material reliability which utilized materials that enhance indoor air quality by containing low or no VOC’s. HISD committed resources so that the new facility would achieve a “certified” level utilizing the LEED for Schools rating system. The child-friendly design creates a healthy school environment that can be utilized by students, faculty, staff, and parents. The design incorporates a playful mix of “children’s blocks” and “sharpened pencils”, while providing ample natural day-lighting; all the while maintaining a secure facility. Our design approach was to create a school that is minimally invasive on the site, while maintaining the maximum number of mature site-trees as possible.
The new school is an 84,697 square foot single-story elementary school, serving students from pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade. The facility is designed for 750 students, generally aged 4 through 11; plus faculty, administrative staff, custodial staff, and food-preparation staff. The school is located on a 7-acre urban site; which is surrounded by modest single-family homes, a neighborhood park, and light-industrial manufacturing facilities.