By Eric Althoff
HASLET, Tex.—National general contracting firm Adolfson & Peterson Construction announced that it has finished buildout of the Haslet Elementary School for Texas’s Northwest Independent School District (ISD). The new school, located at 501 School House Road, will encompass 100,000 square feet of educational space for 800 students, plus provide additional space for the school’s support staff.
Huckabee served as the design partner on the project, and the school includes “learning pods” and collaborative education spaces, as well as an open concept library. Furthermore, the design features a common area that will be utilized for both flexible learning as well as dining.
Those high-volume learning areas have been affectionately nicknamed “the Nest,” as their design calls to mind a large tree house—to which students can gravitate as a central meeting space. Next to the Nest are more classrooms, some of which feature flexible walls to allow for the expansion or contraction of learning space as needed. Natural light is plentiful throughout the learning areas.
The outside of Haslet Elementary School offers courtyards, recreational fields, playgrounds and ample parking spaces. In addition, given that Texas is prone to severe weather events, a storm shelter has been constructed on the campus as well.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction worked in coordination with architect Huckabee on the school. Construction commenced in the summer of 2019 and was completed late last year—even with coronavirus restrictions and weather-related delays.
“Haslet is a growing community, and this new facility provides ample space for current and future students,” Bob Lemke, Adolfson & Peterson’s vice president of operations, said in a recent statement. “Every square foot of the school’s interior and exterior is designed to promote collaborative learning.
“We’re proud to have worked on this unique project, and we’re happy it will be a prototype for future Northwest ISD elementary schools.”
Adolfson & Peterson’s other school-related projects in North Texas include Garland ISD’s Garland High School and Hudson Middle School, Arlington ISD’s Arts and Athletics Complex, and Highland Park ISD’s Highland Park High and Middle Schools. The Charlotte-based firm is also hard at work on the Marshall Law and Medical Services Magnet High School for San Antonio’s Northside ISD.