Ero Architects

Dr. Joseph Torres Elementary School

El Paso ISD
  • Client

    El Paso ISD

  • Budget


  • City

    El Paso

  • Sq. Ft.



In November 8, 2016, El Paso voters approved a $668.8 million bond proposal aimed at modernizing and right-sizing El Paso ISD. The Bond helps EPISD create 21st Century Learning Environments throughout the District to help facilitate the modern, future-ready teaching and learning techniques and invest in athletic facilities, school buses, instructional technology and safety and security measures.

ERO's skills in community engagement were fully challenged on day one. We assisted EPISD in working through design content issues with the stakeholders. Originally, it was planned for one new elementary school to unify Bradley and Fannin Elementary schools serving El Paso's north east neighborhood of Sun Valley. A change required a renovation to achieve educational goals. With the advice and council of the neighborhood, it was agreed the future campus would be located at Bradley Elementary School site and  integrate about 54,075 square feet of renovated existing space with 49,950 square feet of new construction space. The new school is intended to accommodate a population of 1,000 Pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grade students working in an inspiring 21st Century environment.

The new construction portion of the project is placed on the site in a manner as to safely separate various access functions: Student Drop-off, Bus Drop-off and Service Yard. The new construction portion of the campus houses a new Administration suite which provides a well-defined school entrance, compliant with City of El Paso design requirements. The new building addition was placed to provide for a highly visible and defined “Front Door” along Rushing Street.  The suite contains a new Library, Multi-Purpose, New Mother suite, Teacher Workroom, ancillary administrative offices, and a new Early Childhood Center for grades PK to 1st with a secured private playground. The entire school is a 21st Century design which encourages exploration, experimentation and movement. The very youngest students will be experiencing freedom of movement which necessitates a higher degree of security and built-in safeguards.

The existing campus will be renovated to integrate new classrooms to augment existing classroom space required for grades 2nd through 5th. It hosts learning centers for Art, Science, Computer, Music, Gifted & Talented and a multi-purpose Cafetorium with a new movable stage. New restrooms facilities are available to both students and staff along with a new Teacher Workroom and ancillary administrative offices.

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