August 01, 2014 by: Ben Heimsath

The Austin Independent School District held a media tour of the new adaptive reuse school, Jamie Padron Elementary School at 2011 W. Rundberg Lane in North Austin on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. 

The District's newest and largest elementary school posed a number of unique challenges.  The new facility is an adaptive reuse of an empty warehouse and manufacturing facility. The new school had to accommodate over 55 classrooms and meet a demanding schedule to open for the 2014-2015 school year. The design solution included the insertion of a second floor within the building envelope.  The classrooms are organized around major interior corridors with skylights providing natural day lighting.  Sunlight is provided to all instructional spaces through interior windows connecting to the main corridors.

 Adaptive Reuse School Heimsath News

From Site Selection, Planning and Schematic Design through the end of Construction, Heimsath Architect’s role (in joint-venture with Architecture Plus) has included the design, the layout of all spaces inside the existing structure, and the lead role in Construction Administration. 

Through close collaboration with the contractor, consultants and the City of Austin Permitting Department, the Jaime Padron Elementary School will be ready for the start of class on August 25.  In recognition of its exceptional sustainability features, the School is slated to receive a LEED Gold rating.

 Photo by.  Meng Cao/KUT News

Below are some of the news publications mentioning the project.


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