Larkspur Elementary

Leander, Texas

Using a Neighborhood Concept to Build a Central Texas Elementary School

Built on a 16-acre site with a capacity for 1,000 students, Larkspur Elementary is organized with a “neighborhood” concept, supporting hands-on learning, small learning communities, access to technology, flexible spaces, and sustainable design.


Square Footage

112,980

Location

Leander, Texas

Type

K-12

Owner

Leander ISD

Architect

O’Connell Robertson

What We Built

The new 112,980-square-foot Larkspur elementary school includes 50 classrooms, special program rooms, computer labs, an art room, performing arts space, a library, a kitchen, a cafeteria, a multipurpose room, and administrative conference and office spaces. The school also incorporates neighborhood teaching spaces with science teaching areas and reading nooks, which create a flexible atmosphere to support the school district’s learning model.


How We Built It

For this project, American Constructors suggested utilization of Marmoleum Composition Tile (MCT) flooring for the hallways rather than Vinyl Composition Tile. MCT flooring is environmentally friendly and features a high performance finish that offers increased resistance to indentation and marking. The all-natural flooring composition has inherently anti-static properties that repel dust and dirt, making it easier to maintain and naturally anti-bacterial.

Additionally, we used tilt-up construction throughout the entire campus to achieve a durable and attractive wall system that is also energy-efficient and cost-effective.

American Constructors facilitated additional testing to allow the use of on-site materials for engineered fill, saving approximately $250,000.

Project Awards


Tilt-Up Concrete Association Achievement Award

The Tilt-Up Achievement Awards were established to honor projects that use site-cast tilt-up concrete to introduce new building types, advance industry technology and provide unique solutions to building programs. For more than 25 years, the winning entries have illustrated the variety, beauty, and flexibility of the tilt-up construction concept.

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