Rockdale Intermediate School was built at 73,653 square feet and houses 600 students in grades 3, 4, and 5. The school is situated on a hilly site, with exterior play areas located on a lower elevation than the school. The design concept developed to place each grade in its own wing, with all academic wings connecting to central support areas, such as library, administration, nurses’ offices, etc.
The exterior materials used reflect the hill country vernacular of the region, with the use of split limestone masonry and locally manufactured brick. A prefinished, seam metal roof identifies the two main entrances.
Natural daylight is abundant throughout the school with the use of clerestory windows, corridors lined with windows, and the placement of windows in classrooms and at entrances. The cafeteria is adjacent to the gymnasium and contains a folding wall between the spaces to allow use of the combined space for larger events for the school or community. The portion of the building housing the gymnasium and cafeteria can be securely accessed separately from the rest of the building for after hours events as well. The project delivery system utilized a Construction Manager at Risk for this project as well as other concurrent district projects. This delivery method was advantageous due to the complexity of the project and Rockdale ISD’s rural location.