Satellite Tours

Breaking Out of the Silos April 4-7, 2018
Breaking Out of the Silos
Waco Convention Center
Waco, TX

Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour 1
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Tour 2

Alvarado Junior High School

1000 N. Cummings Drive, Alvarado, TX
Phone: 817.783.6840

AJHS is an exciting facility that embraces elements of transparency, connectivity and community to create opportunities for deeper peer-to-peer and student-to-teacher engagement. It's a community icon that represents a shift in how the school district and community view their learning environments. This tour focuses on how to breakdown a building into smaller communities, how to leverage space for choice and mobility, how to maximize site design to support large community events and growth, how to establish levels of security within an innovative space, and how to create flexility and adaptability in organizational structure.

The learning commons is on full view and provides students with multiple spaces to brainstorm, create and present ideas. Central to the commons is a "Genius Bar," a writable surface that mimics collaborative areas found in the professional world—a space where students can go to problem solve. The campus features four outdoor learning courtyards, with a unique rooftop "laboratory" that is beautiful and functional. Academic wings are split into three learning communities. Vertical connectivity between 8th grade on the second floor and 7th grade on the first floor creates opportunities for peer mentoring. Public areas such as the competition gymnasium, cafetorium, outdoor patio and large hallways function together to create opportunities for a variety of public and large event use.

  • Breaking down a building into small, personal and intentional communities
  • Leveraging space for choice and mobility
  • Maximizing site design for community use and growth
  • Establishing levels of security within an innovative space

There is plenty of parking in front of the school and the tours will start and end in the library. We will provide a hand out with information on the project.

Tour Guide: Konrad Judd with introduction by Dr. Kenneth Estes

Austin/San Antonio/Houston

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tour 1
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Tour 2

Artcobell Corporation

1302 Industrial Blvd., Temple, TX 76501
Phone: 254.899.3625

Get a look inside classroom furniture with a tour of Texas-based Artcobell.

Artcobell operates an awesome, vertically-integrated manufacturing facility that includes metalwork (bending, welding, powder-coating and chrome-plating, wood fabrication (panel assembly, CNC cutting, edge banding) and injection molding. You’ll also get a chance to “play” in our collaborative furniture showroom.

Please RSVP to so we know to expect you!

Artcobell has been producing the very best in American made furniture at our Temple, Texas facility for over fifty years. Full vertical integration means we do all of our painting, chrome plating, laminate board, tube bending, welding and final assembly on site. With over 300k square feet of plant and 400k square feet of warehouse, we are able to control the strict quality standards and test all of our products in-house to meet or exceed BIFMA standards. Come visit our facility, tour our spacious showroom and let us show you why we're the best choice for every classroom.

Our complete vertical integration. Seeing our complete product line produced from raw material to finished goods under one roof. State of the art warehouse management system, ensuring 100% accurate and timely shipments.

  • Benefits of complete vertical integration.
  • Knowledge gained from seeing each of the processes behind the finished goods. Understanding what it takes to produce the finished goods.
  • Understanding the benefits of American made products and not having to rely on overseas manufacturing.
  • Confidence and peace of mind in knowing where and how the product is produced. Building a relationship with the Artcobell leadership team and taking advantage of their combined 90+ years of Artcobell leadership experience.

Artcobell Directions from I-35: take the Industrial Blvd Exit 303 and go west on Industrial Blvd. Artcobell is located on the right-hand side, just past Center Street. Parking is available in front of the building, or in the Industrial lot across Center Street from the plant.

Limit: 20 People per Tour
Tour Guide: Kevin Smith, VP of Operations