VLK and Crowley ISD Celebrate Opening of June W. Davis Elementary School
Fort Worth, Texas - On August 10th, June W. Davis Elementary School in Crowley ISD held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their 96,342 sf building. This new facility will meet the growing district’s needs for nearly 800 students and is Crowley ISD’s first new school building since 2010.
“Our mission at Crowley ISD is to provide our students with excellence in education so that they will achieve their fullest potential,” said Dr. Michael D. McFarland, Superintendent, Crowley ISD. “These facilities give us the chance to deliver on that promise.”
Sustainability is an integral part of the new June W. Davis Elementary School’s design, which features geothermal heating and cooling, a reflective metal roof to reflect sunlight, a rainwater harvesting system, natural light in every classroom, and LED lights inside and outside the school. Collaboration spaces occur throughout the building and outside the school. These spaces are reflective of the district’s values where learning opportunities are no longer defined by classroom walls. The building itself is utilized as a teaching tool with imperial and metric rulers inlaid in the flooring throughout the campus, and wall tile designed to inspire students to learn about the earth’s stratum. The science courtyard provides an opportunity for observation of how rainwater collects in a harvesting system cistern and provides irrigation for the planting beds. Classrooms are located off of the two main wings which allow for natural light to fill the learning spaces. Security features include a secured vestibule at the main entry, two-point visual monitoring corridors, and secured building courtyards for outdoor learning and recess.
“Crowley ISD does a phenomenal job at focusing on the community,” said Lauren Brown, Principal, VLK Architects. “This facility symbolizes their commitment to educating young learners.”