Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School

Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School is part of a multi-school site and was designed in conjunction with the Bridgeland High school as part of the District’s Educational Village. The site is arranged so that all three buildings have a unique entry and include separate vehicular access for the parent, bus and student traffic. The design of the elementary school was based on programmed spaces from previous District prototype designs but was significantly altered in its space organization to allow it to be part of a master-planned educational village.

Flexibility for instructional delivery, natural daylight in the classrooms and reducing energy consumption were incorporated into the design of this Collaboration for High-Performance Schools (TX-CHPS) elementary. The academic wings of are designed as two stories with a central library as the focus or “hinge” of the academic wings. Science labs are located on each floor to provide flexibility for instructional delivery. Although the elementary school was not able to share building components with the high school, it was able to share a central plant and cafeteria with the middle school. The cafeteria was designed to be directly adjacent to the future middle school’s cafeteria so the spaces could be left divided or could be opened up into one large space for special events.

Site challenges and restrictions, including existing easements and site access, required creative modifications to the original design. A key design element was created by turning the pipeline easement into a pedestrian pathway to connect newly-developed residential communities. It also created shared space which is utilized as an outdoor learning environment with the high school.

+ Building is registered as a “TX-CHPS designed” school.

+ Master Planning was completed by IBI Group for this district.