Rockdale Intermediate School (73,653 SF) houses 600 third-fifth grade students. The school is situated on a hilly site with exterior play areas located on a lower elevation than the school. The developed design concept placed each grade in its own wing with all academic areas connecting to the central support spaces, such as the library, administration, nurses’ offices, etc.
The exterior materials reflect the hill country vernacular of the region through 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 for a combined space for larger events for the school and/or community. The portion of the building housing the gymnasium and cafeteria can be accessed through a separate, yet secure entrance away from the rest of the building for after-hours events. The project delivery system utilized a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) 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.