Austin ISD Casis Elementary School Modernization

In Progress K-12 | Austin

  • Project Scope 96,993 SF Elementary School Modernization
  • Completion Date June 2021
  • Owner Austin Independent School District
  • Architect LPA, Inc.

The comprehensive project planned for Casis Elementary in the 2017 Bond Program is the full modernization of the existing campus to be based on the new AISD Educational Specifications to create a state-of-the-art facility with increased capacity.

Improvements anticipated for Casis ES, include programming and complete design of the addition and renovations to add student capacity from 669 to 870 students. The proposed scope for the modernization also includes site circulation improvements and alignment with public roads.

Casis Elementary School will be replaced with a new 2-story 96,993 sf building built to 21st century learning standards. The project’s design has been driven by collaborative meetings with the Campus Architectural Team. The concept maximizes interaction with heritage oak trees on the site and provides shaded outdoor learning environments which were universally requested by campus staff. New administration includes a secure vestibule and community room. Learning wings provide a diversity of learning spaces including central collaboration spaces suitable for large groups, small group rooms, and maker spaces adjacent to each classroom wing.

Following the AISD vision of creating modern learning environments for their 21st century students, the design of the new learning environment shall incorporate a flexible framework for learning, which allows for collaborative, interdisciplinary, and project-based learning.

Shifting away from the traditional classroom configuration, the learning areas shall incorporate open spaces that encourage mobility and invite interaction between students, ultimately enhancing the learning experience. The design team shall integrate technology as an essential tool for student research, analysis and communication, as well as the integration of multiple spaces to support community needs. All building systems and features will reflect the latest in design advances, fully addressing accessibility, sustainable (or “green”) construction, and the provision of a healthy, safe, and secure environment for students, teachers, and staff.