Milton Powell & Partners

Seagoville North Elementary School
Dallas Independent School District
Seagoville, Texas

Student Capacity: 821
Grade Levels: Pre-K through Fifth Grade
Site: 14.154 acres (gross); 9.611 acres (net)
Building: 106,462 square feet

The new building is organized in response to the program and the site. The major public entry is located facing Seagoville Road on the west side of the site with visitor parking and parent drop-off located on this side. Bus drop-off is positioned at the east corner of the site with convenient access from the gym and dining hall, where students may be waiting for bus arrival. Staff parking is located on the north side of the site. The positioning of these various parking and drop-off drives results in disbursement of all conflicting traffic circulation. The softball field, soccer/football field, and play court are located on the upper end of the site away from Seagoville Road.

The building is divided into two levels and built in response to the natural topography, which rises eighteen feet from the lowest level at the street upwards diagonally to the eastern most corner of the site. The major exterior material is a terra cotta colored brick constructed with a simple pattern of projecting courses generating discrete, consistent shadow lines on the fašade. The major entry at the south corner of the site features a bold form of shaded glass, matte white metal panels, sunscreens, a colonnade and extensive landscaping.

The upper level windows facing west have been specially designed to permit views and natural light into the classrooms while mitigating the west sun by projecting the window out on a 60-degree angle with a solid panel blocking the direct west sun. These windows present a bold facade element facing Seagoville Road.

The school was designed in accordance with the CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) criteria. One of the significant energy-efficient systems utilized is a ground source heat pump (geothermal) heating and air-conditioning system, the primary component of which is approximately 300 geothermal wells located beneath the playfields.

Architect-of-Record was PSP.