IBI Group designed an expansion and renovation of College Park Elementary School in La Porte ISD that focused on bringing the entire building up to code. Originally constructed in 1969, approximately 80% of the existing facility was left in place during the 90,000 SF renovation project.
Programmed spaces included the addition of an administration suite featuring a newly relocated, secure front entry, new gymnasium addition, upgraded library, faculty restrooms throughout the facility and a new covered play area. A drop-off drive with a wraparound canopy was constructed to mitigate traffic in the surrounding neighborhood.
Interior upgrades throughout the campus included technology, safety and security systems (lighting, card readers, cameras and fire alarms), flooring, lighting, wall coverings, door hardware and casework replacement. Exterior upgrades included replacement of the roofing for the entire building, façade repair and site improvements. Daylighting added to the existing cafetorium and color-coded interior wayfinding was implemented throughout.
Because this multi-phase renovation occurred during ongoing school operations, it required a creative solution to phase demolition and construction during winter and spring breaks. During the first summer, site demolition and the new drop-off drive was completed. During the second summer, the demolition of the old gym occurred. The new gym was completed during winter break and the administration suite was completed during spring break.