McWhorter Elementary School

Dallas, Texas

Improving the learning spaces for all students on a tight meant creating innovative design solutions and targeting funds on the spaces where all students would benefit from the improvements. This project was primarily an interior renovation with updated interior design and finishes. but also included roof replacement, HVAC and building system replacements and upgrades, enhanced secure entry improvements and new landscaping along with playground resurfacing. In addition to the facility improvements, the educational setting of the Library and Computer Spaces were reimagined. The visioning process with stakeholder workshops revealed a district-wide desire to bring innovation and 22nd century learning to their campuses.

The design focused on elevating the existing Library and Computer Lab into a future-ready, adaptable space that can be utilized for project-based learning, community events and serve has the central hub for the school. Now rebranded as the Library and the Maker’s Den, these spaces have a new life with reconfigured and enhance space configuration, updated furniture, exhibits, equipment, security systems and technology, along with paying tribute to the history of McWhorter with a unique and dynamic 3-Dimentional Feature Tree. The modernization continues into the central corridor of the school with updated ceilings, new branded resilient flooring, modern wainscot, and fresh paint. Through the stakeholder workshops and site visits, the need for updated graphics and wayfinding became prevalent and was an important part of the community-led design.

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