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Bridgeport Elementary School

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project client

Bridgeport Elementary, Bridgeport

architect

Claycomb Associates Architects

construction manager

on adjacent neighborhoods during and after construction. The residential setting provides a quiet campus where

Bridgeport ISD Baker Construction Co.

teachers can employ the outdoors as a learning environ-

Basharkhah Engineers (MEP); Hart Gaugler and

were used on the exterior to make the atmosphere fun and

Associates (structural); DWA Engineers (civil); Ackerman Barnes

inviting, and playful elevations mimic the housing shapes

(kitchen)

of the neighborhood. Insulated skylights and clerestory in

consultants

photographer

Kevin Smith, AIA

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ment. Glazed brick with bright colors and accent patterns

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the commons areas enhance the educational experience

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while providing healthy natural light. Bridgeport Elementary was designed with the idea of

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creating a facility where the school itself could become

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a tool for learning. The 84,000-sf, $10.5 million school embraces the theme of “Texas Tradition” and emphasizes the history of Bridgeport, the surrounding community, and the flora and fauna of Texas. Colorful interactive

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displays line the corridors and connecting spaces to provide learning opportunities for children as they walk

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : Sandy Hill Redi Mix; athletic and recre-

from their classrooms. A state of Texas tricycle map helps

ational surfacing : Saf Deck; fences , gates , and hardware : Merchants Met-

kids identify concepts taught in the commons areas while

als; masonry units : Acme Brick; cast stone : Better Cast Stone; glazed

working on the development of motor skills. Classrooms

masonry units :

are arranged in pods by grade level and are separated from

insulation : Firestone; vapor retarders : DuPont™ Tyvek® (Weatheriza-

Acme Brick; water repellants : Rainbloc; roof and deck

public spaces. They are equipped with computer stations,

tion Partners); membrane roofing : Firestone; fascia and soffit panels :

teacher’s work rooms, and storage and resource rooms.

Petersen Aluminum; specialty doors : Modernfold Door; entrances and

This design is expandable without disrupting the function

storefronts :

of the school, and it accommodates multiple teaching

wall; tile : Daltile; acoustical ceilings : USG; athletic surfacing ( indoor ):

United States Aluminum; glass : PPG; curtainwall : Kal-

methods. The classrooms were configured by the teachers

Dynamic Floors; signage and graphics : ARK Ramos; protective covers :

and tailored to each grade level. The architectural team

American Walkway Covers; exterior sun control devices : Construction

consulted the community in an effort to lessen the impact

Specialties; interior graphic deisplays : Museum Arts

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ground Floor plan 1 main entrance 2 administration 3 media center 4 2nd Grade wing 5 1st grade wing 6 pre-k & kindergarten wing 7 gymnasium 8 stage 9 dining 10 kitchen 11 outdoor play area

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning