Ero Architects

Berta S. Palacios Elementary School

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Between 2000 and 2010 PSJA ISD student enrollment grew by more than 50%. PSJA ISD found itself in need of expanding rapidly. ERO Architects designed the new Alfred Sorenson and Dr. Marcia Garza Elementary Schools. Three years later we returned to design the 800-student capacity Berta S. Palacios Elementary School with 36 classrooms, two computer labs, a science classroom, a music classroom, a life skills classroom, a self-contained classroom, a gymnasium, a library and a cafeteria.

ERO chose to design the school as a durable, affordable model for elementary schools which are frequently required to have low front-end costs. The intent was to enable the design to function as a prototype. Architecture and structural engineering worked hand-in-glove to design an exterior load-bearing structure to create efficiencies and decrease construction costs. The wings were designed to permit expansion in the number of classrooms without adversely impacting school operations. PSJA ISD permitted part of the costs savings to be used to increase to full spectrum lighting for improving scholastic performance. Splashes of bright colors and symbols not only inspire students but also serve as wayfinding for kindergartners and 1st graders.

ERO Architects created a great working relationship with the contractor. Their attention to detail is unparalleled. The result is a building that contributes to the attractiveness of the community. They are always dependable, reliable, efficient, truthful and collaborative.

A. James Rodriguez

Former, Director of Facilities, PSJA ISD
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