Roy E. Roberts & Centennial Elementary SchoolsLubbock Independent School District Lubbock, Texas
In 2005, Lubbock ISD commissioned PSC to program and design two new elementary schools, Roy W. Roberts and Centennial elementary schools. The program called for both schools to have the same core capacity of 550 students with a possible future capacity of 750 students. The facility serves grades kindergarten through five. It was determined that the plan design should be the same for both schools. Each school was site adapted for its unique conditions and orientation. The duplication of the plan facilitated the timely production of the project by PSC and also resulted in savings to the Owner. A production manager was employed for both projects. The duplication of the plan has also contributed to the cost-effectiveness in the construction process. In the final plan, the orientation was such that the north school floor plan was in effect a mirror image of the south school along the y-axis.
The interior color scheme was designed to aid wayfinding in the building with each classroom wing assigned a different accent color on floors and walls. The exterior and interior colors are different for each school, while still in the same style.
The school plan is compact and efficient with approximately 68,862 gross square feet. The project budget was evaluated at every step of the design process. The construction manager evaluated constructability and monitored cost as the project evolved through design development and construction document phases.
Twenty-four regular classrooms are provided which includes four kindergarten classrooms. Two Computer classrooms, one Art, one Music, one Science classroom, and one Special Needs classroom round out the program requirements for classroom space. Support spaces include the Library, Activities Room (Gym), and a Cafetorium that will seat 300 students with a platform (stage) large enough to serve as a classroom. There are two serving lines and a large food preparation area. The Administrative suite includes offices, a conference room, clerical spaces, and the clinic. A multipurpose room, the size of two classrooms, was included to allow for future expansion and special programs or activities.