Dallas Independent School District Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School
Dallas, Texas
Dallas Independent School District
Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School
Dallas, Texas

We learn it at a young age. Within the walls of our schools, we learn the foundations of knowledge. Each day, students walk into school, bright-eyed and willing to learn, socialize and begin their prospective journeys. And these steps initiate the cultivation of the well-rounded, future leaders of industry, government officials and other professionals. But in order to learn all of the skills necessary to lead fulfilled, intelligent, successful lives, there must be means to provide students with all of the essential tools.

The Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School project is a new, 800-student elementary school, tastefully designed to create a peaceful enclave for learning adjacent to a busy urban intersection.


The Vision

The desire to maintain the densely wooded edges of the property and focus the school away from surrounding businesses was an important guide in planning the project, as was sustainability. The goal was for Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School to meet Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria relative to sustainability initiatives.


The Design

The clearly defined entry with low-slope roof over the classroom wings provides a signature and iconic building form.

Classroom wings were designed to create a cloistered courtyard space for assembly activities and to bring daylight deep into all portions of the building.

Upper and lower grades were designed to be located in separate classroom wings, and shared use spaces, such as the gymnasium and dining area, occupy the corner of the site and look inward.

An unexpected hidden gem in the school’s design is the second-floor window box in the Media Center. Overlooking the courtyard, it provides a perfect perch for story-telling time.

Sustainable Design Features

  • Light-colored roof to reduce heat gain
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption
  • Building design to produce at least a 17 percent reduction in net energy use from IECC baseline
  • Improved energy performance by using geothermal (ground source heat pump) HVAC system
  • Specified materials to meet recycled content guidelines
  • Building is planned to facilitate collection and separation of recyclable materials
  • Natural daylighting is provided for all classrooms
  • Low-emitting materials specified for all classrooms and staff areas

“The entire project team, including HKS, Cadence-McShane, AECOM and all the consultants, exceeded my expectations for this new facility for the students, staff and teachers of Dallas ISD. From the unique design to the seamless scheduling of the construction, Callejo Elementary School will be one of the signature projects of the 2008 Bond Program.”
|  Steven Solka, Project Manager, Dallas Independent School District   |