Casa View Elementary School

Dallas, Texas

Casa View Elementary School is an aging facility in Dallas ISD, initially built in 1953, that needed modernization and facility improvements. The design solution creatively respects the historical context of the building while providing student-centered learning spaces throughout the interior. Paying homage to the original building, all cast stone detailing was maintained and replicated with new window bands across the northwest facade to allow an abundance of natural light. An addition to house the administrative offices provides a landmark building entry with large expanses of glass to welcome visitors and utilizes the school identity to foster school spirit and community pride.

Existing building systems were replaced; to provide energy efficiency, increased indoor air quality, and lighting to promote a more enriching learning environment. The design expanded the learning experience to the outdoors and allowed the opportunity to create a "learning stair" centered around an existing heritage oak tree. With the school campus occupying a small seven-acre site, exterior circulation was re-imagined to provide a central student drop off and new play yards and hardcourts. The improvements to Casa View Elementary School create new life for this aging facility.

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