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Opportunity. Building a future for those who may not have had one. An education can provide more than just knowledge. It can provide a foundation for young people to move seamlessly into the next phase of their lives. It can prepare them for taking the next steps. But it all starts with a solid education and a place to learn.
The new primary wing for Uplift Education’s Williams Prep School is located at the corner of Regal Row and Harry Hines in Dallas. The freestanding facility will serve 480 kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Uplift Education operates a network of 20 high-performing, tuition-free, public charter schools serving 5,700 students in grades K-12 in underserved areas across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Each school provides free college preparatory education in a community that has limited high-quality public education options.
Create solutions to an irregular-shaped site with significant grade change, single-street access, and poor traffic patterns relative to building layout.
The design of the school is marked by the “heart” of the building, creating a student gathering space through the use of a light well in a double-height volume.
Clustered special classrooms showcase curriculum and increase student awareness and interest through visibility.
A cafeteria with full kitchen to serve all campus buildings was designed to double as an activity room for play and physical education during inclement weather.
Innovative design solutions met the project’s site challenges by: