Facility Tours

Care | Connect | Culture | Community September 16-18, 2020
Care | Connect | Culture | Community
Hilton Fort Worth Downtown
Fort Worth, TX

School Tour A – Northwest ISD

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lance Thompson Elementary School

821 Hawks Way, Northlake, TX 76226

More than 200 students, educators and district leaders envisioned a school with no boundaries, where learning was on display and students could share the built environment in ways that mattered most to them. The success of the campus is rooted in intentionality and a collaborative spirit; it is reinforced with strong leadership and buy-in at all levels from students, educators and administrators. The design created a fun, engaging and innovative space for the district’s vision to be realized. Biophilic design elements and a connection to the outdoors gives students a unique learning experience; small and large learning spaces provide flexibility to instruction and organic collaboration; and grade-level neighborhoods create community and ownership. The centerpiece of the school is the library / commons, a high-volume space that utilizes a tree-house concept that is iconic and exciting.

Lance Thompson Lance Thompson
Lance Thompson Lance Thompson
Lance Thompson Lance Thompson

This tour will focus on three elements: the planning process that shaped the trajectory for Lance Thompson and future elementary schools; the role of campus leadership in the ongoing success of the space; and the unique design elements that make this project one-of-a-kind.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the value of an intentional planning process to design innovation
  2. Learn how to create a space with “no boundaries” to support project-based learning
  3. Explore biophilic design and its impact to learning and student engagement
  4. Learn how campus leaders can maximize the built environment to create an innovative learning culture

Key Firms:
Architect of Record: Huckabee
Landscape Architect: Teague, Nall and Perkins
Structural Engineer: Huckabee
Electrical Engineer: Estes, McClure & Associates
Civil Engineer Contractor: Teague, Nall and Perkins
Contractor: Joeris General Contractors
Other: CRUX Technology & Security

School Tour A – Northwest ISD

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Outdoor Learning Center

7773 Mulkey Road, Northlake, TX 76247

Outdoor education has long been an area where educators have been able to introduce the sciences to students at an early age. Students typically have gone on day field trips or to overnight “camps” to explore much of the wonder that the outdoors have to offer. While this has been an opportunity for some, providing this opportunity for students for most schools systems have either never been practical or are becoming ever-more difficult with growing populations and the related costs for education. Northwest Independent School District, is a Texas school district of nearly 234 square miles with over 25,000 students.

Northwest ISD is quickly evolving from a rural district into one that is very much a suburb. Opportunities for engaging the outdoors are dwindling. NISD addressed the costs and lost opportunities head-on by investing in the creation of its own outdoor learning center on 193 rural acres. With a capacity of 500 students per day, the center allows all students to use the center throughout the year. Curriculum is tailored to all grades and all core subjects. Standardized curriculum is used for each grade while customized curriculum is overlaid to accommodate project specific activities. To better engage students the OLC is also designed to enhance the teachers ability to teach in a variety of settings. The center educates teachers in how to deliver engaged, hands-on, project-based learning. Because the district serves 14 municipalities, the OLC also serves as a center for the communities and its businesses. To better serve the students and communities, the center underwent a $17 million transformation to improve and expand its facilities, nature trails, and opportunities for engaged teaching and learning.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Energy Efficiency: Sage Glass at the Great Hall, rain water harvesting
  2. Outdoor education opportunities at this site
  3. Engaging all content areas for learning experience

Special instructions or requirements for attendees to be on campus:
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for nature walk

Key Firms:
Architect of Record: Stantec
Landscape Architect: Talley Associates
Structural Engineer: Stantec
Electrical Engineer: Henderson Engineers Inc.
Civil Engineer: Teague Nall & Perkins
Contractor: Northstar Builders Group

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