Funded through the 2016 bond program, Imperial managed construction of the expansive 97,874 square feet Jean Coleman Elementary school, a testament to the district's forward-thinking commitment to education. Designed to accommodate up to 750 students from Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade, the school stands as a haven of safety with its 7,006 square feet tornado shelter, underlining an unwavering commitment to safeguarding students against extreme weather conditions. The state-of-the-art facility boasts three expansive classroom wings, interconnected by a central library that houses a tiered wood reading hill, fostering a love for reading and facilitating seamless knowledge transfer. With high ceilings and clerestory windows, these wings usher in natural light, enhancing the learning ambiance. The innovative design further extends to classrooms adorned with folding glass walls that open up to shared collaboration areas, promoting teamwork and fostering innovative thinking by transforming into flexible learning spaces. Adding to its pioneering design is a multifunctional cafeteria performance space that extends onto an outdoor platform, offering a versatile venue for various activities including school performances and community events. Furthermore, an interactive learning courtyard merges learning with nature, serving both as an experiential classroom and a tranquil space where students can unwind and socialize during breaks, thus redefining the conventional boundaries of educational spaces and cultivating a nurturing and conducive learning environment.
Architect: VLK Architects
Location: Midlothian, Texas