Skip to main content
Start of main content

Prestwick STEM Academy

Relieving an overcrowded school district

  • 88K

    Square Feet

  • 828

    Student Capacity

  • Little Elm, Texas

    Little Elm, Texas

Creating a design that complements the mission of Little Elm

An overcrowded school district resulted in the development of Prestwick STEM Academy—an educational facility that was meant to be a “school of choice” in Little Elm, Texas. One goal was clear: the building could not have classrooms. And through an engaging visioning process with stakeholder representatives, we helped to develop a new instructional model and architectural solution that supported a collaborative, “learning anywhere” mentality.

A visioning process guided the stakeholder group through a series of experiences and exercises to reveal opportunities that best support 21st-century learning techniques. The outcome? Not only is the building energy-efficient, but our two-story floorplan is flexible and can transition to an elementary or middle school in the future. The interior aesthetic simulates real world environments while still providing a youthful setting that is playful and comfortable. Keeping unity, the exterior facade is designed to blend with its surroundings, and was created by using local materials and matching existing buildings around the community.

There are multi-grade level learning pods for 130 students, equipped with shared classrooms, labs, and large open spaces. We also added varying sizes of space to accommodate several meeting sizes, and movable furniture with task-focused seating to support informal collaboration. The central common area and learning stair effectively encourage students to mobilize and “learn anywhere”.

At a Glance

Offices
Award
2015 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture, Stars of Distinction – Planning, Value
Meet Our Team

Brad Robichaux, Senior Interior Designer

More than picking colors, interior design is a dialogue between architecture, psychology, and art to shape how people experience buildings.

Marty Sims, Managing Principal, Buildings

One of the things I enjoy most about the work we do is the profound positive impact the built environment can have on the communities we work in.

Robby Vogel, Principal

I’m a structural engineer. I serve communities by making the impossible possible.

Brad Robichaux

Senior Interior Designer

Marty Sims

Managing Principal, Buildings

Robby Vogel

Principal

We're better together

  • Become a client

    Partner with us today to change how tomorrow looks. You’re exactly what’s needed to help us make it happen in your community.

    Contact Us
  • Design your career

    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

    Join the Team
End of main content
To top