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Gloria Cisneros Pre-Kindergarten

project client

Gloria Cisneros Pre-Kindergarten, Garland

Garland ISD

architect

SHW Group

contractor

sized numbers, color-coded appropriately for the corridor, label each classroom door. In the library, imagination is set

Hisaw & Associates

ments. Classrooms are paired to encourage team teaching

RLK Engineering (civil); Estes, McClure & Associates

and enable shared wet activities, while four computers per

(MEP); Grubbs Ramsey (landscape); SHW Group (structure); H.G.

classroom introduce technology as a teaching tool. A large

Rice and Company (food service)

indoor playroom and adjacent covered patio take the place

consultants

photographer

Mark Trew

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free with bright colors of glass and uplifting ceiling treat-

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of a gym, supporting supervised motor-skill development. The playground is wrapped on three sides by the building

Gloria Cisneros Pre-Kindergarten received the Caudill

for added security and easy supervision. The 5.65-acre site

Award, the highest honor given in the 2006 TASA/TASB

plan includes other safety features such as multiple loading

Exhibit of School Architecture. Designed specifically

and unloading areas and a fenced waiting area bordered

with four-year-old students in mind, the 45,793-sf school

by a protected walkway in the front. Ample seating and

provides an environment that encourages children to feel

safe access to the school’s dining and auditorium area

welcome. Through the use of shape, color, and material,

accommodate community-centered programs.

as well as pre-K appropriate doors, windows, and furnishschoolhouse facade is achieved through materials, color, and a sloping roof. Canopy columns at the front emulate children with their arms stretched toward the sky. On the

r e s o u r c e s unit masonry wall assemblies :

inside, numbers, letters, and colors are used for way-find-

woodwork and manufactured casework : Terrill Manufacturing; laminates :

Acme Brick; architectural

ing throughout the school. Corridor ceilings follow the

Wilsonart; plastic fabrications : Sanymetal; vapor retarders : DuPont™

slope of the letter designated to each hallway: peaked for

Tyvek® (Weatherization Partners);

the “A,” coved for the “B,” and rounded for the “C.” Over-

storefronts :

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ings, the school is playful, not intimidating. The intimate

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shingles :

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ground Floor plan 1 CLASSROOM 2 FLEXIBLE TEACHING SPACE 3 ADMINISTRATION 4 LIBRARY 5 pLAYROOM 6 cAFETERIA 7 KITCHEN 8 PLAYGROUND 9 WAITING/PLAY AREA

entrances and

Vistawall; glass : PPG

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning