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Dearing Elementary School

Transformational elementary school

  • 800


  • 93K+

    Square Feet

  • Eco


  • Pflugerville, Texas

    Pflugerville, Texas

Developing an educational facility that adds opportunity in every aspect of the design

Dearing Elementary was designed at net zero, incorporating sustainable features to create a building that was innovative and exciting. Adding opportunities for teaching and learning into every aspect of the design.

Grade levels are organized into pod communities. The classrooms surround a central flex space used for team teaching or large group activities. The pod communities themselves are organized around a discovery zone, which is made up of the library, gym, and cafeteria. The open plan discovery zone serves as the heart of the school and changes traditional common spaces into interactive, collaborative places for learning.

Digital displays show the building’s energy usage, integrating sustainability and day-to-day activities. In addition, a large group instruction room is housed in a cubic space suspended from the second floor. From this perch, students can overlook the discovery zone from one end and the outdoor eco garden from the other. Learning is abundant and on display in all areas of this school.

At a Glance

TASA/TASB Awards, Star of Distinction: Sustainability, 2016
Engineering News Record (ENR) Texas & Louisiana, Best Green Project, 2015
Meet Our Team

Cristy Bickel, Principal

Each project is a puzzle, where even the most similar pieces will fit differently. I love finding the right pieces to fit my clients’ needs.

Scotty Denney, Senior Associate

We have the opportunity to shape the world around us and make it what we want; let’s make it something beautiful, inspiring, and creative.

Shivani Langer, Principal

We work in a field of creativity where we can influence the everyday lives of people through the buildings we create.

Barry Nebhut, Principal

What I value most in my career is the lasting impact that my work has on the communities that I have been fortunate to serve.

Tom Oehler, Vice President

Delivering our clients value is at the heart of everything we do. Simply being beautiful is not enough, our designs must also be purposeful and efficient.

Cristy Bickel


Scotty Denney

Senior Associate

Shivani Langer


Barry Nebhut


Tom Oehler

Vice President

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