Diboll Elementary School
A study in old versus new. The old situation: two campuses, in separate buildings, connected by outdoor canopies. The new situation: combining two campuses with shared core facilities all under 1 roof.
During the design process, the District and staff members requested that they have a facility that would allow the kids to migrate from space to space without ever going outside. The result was a design that brought the elements that they were used to seeing everyday without having to brave the differing climates that east Texas experiences throughout the year.
The classroom spaces have standard ceiling heights, but lead to core spaces with high volumes of space--similar to going outside. The materials used within the main corridor spaces pay homage to the environment that surrounds the community of Diboll.
The multi-purpose nature of the facility creates a flexible space that can be used by the district and community. The public areas, such as the gym and dining facilities, can be easily cordoned off by corridor barriers for after hours use by the community.
Each corridor houses a different grade level and material accent colors are coordinated to represent each grade for orientation purposes. All shared learning spaces such as art, science, computer labs and media center are located in the central hub of the building for easy access by all students.
The entire building is covered by a wireless network that provides connectivity to all classrooms. Mr. Gary Martel, Superintendent of Schools explained in the Grand Opening speech that, “Love is the most important ingredient to a child’s ability to learn. Without the love of the community members that voted “Yes”, it would not have been possible to building such a beautiful facility. And it is that same love that you all have exemplified that our teachers will take into their classrooms to nurture your child’s young mind.”
This school successfully combines the rich heritage of a community and beloved community member with the tools needed to deliver 21st century learning.