Frank Students Present Design Proposal to School Rebuild Group
Design teams are currently hard at work looking over renovations planned for Frank Elementary and making changes to reach the perfect fit for the school and their neighborhood. On November 21, Frank Elementary gifted students (PACE) shared their own input on how they see the future design of their beloved school.
PACE Teacher Kate Helm led her third- through fifth-grade students into Frank’s conference room where members from the Chasse Building Team and Hunt & Caraway Architects gathered to hear her students’ design proposal.
With some reading from prepared index cards, and others speaking from memorization, the students began by introducing their class design proposal as a fundamental opportunity to preserve the culture and history of their town of Guadalupe.
Over the past several weeks, these students have researched their town which included taking a field trip around Guadalupe to understand it’s history and how to incorporate that into their proposed design.
“The students also plan to incorporate oral history to be embedded into the school rebuild by interviewing community members,” said Helm.
The students prepared three potential designs with hand-drawn artwork which were then presented by each group in charge of the specific design. The designs included an outdoor learning center with vertical and flat garden features, a “parent porch” with a stage and amphitheater seating and welcoming artwork, and a bell tower which was proposed to be a semi-enclosed traditional adobe structure with display cases showcasing historical artifacts. The students also answered questions from those in the audience.
When speaking about her proposed design for the parent porch, Third-Grade Student Yareli Lopez Flores explained that incorporating a new stage area and more seating will positively impact Frank as a community hub.
“We need this space because it will be a place for the community to come together,” said Lopez Flores. “It will help our community to be stronger and feel included. It is also important to connect the town of Guadalupe and Frank school.”
From creating collages and diagrams, collaborating and compromising on design, and finalizing their proposal after considering the school’s budget, these students had a true Project Based Learning (PBL) experience that not only built upon real-life applications, but will also be seriously considered for the redesign of their school.
“This was a great opportunity for my students to see themselves as professionals and communicate their designs as a team,” said Helm. “It was also a way to show the design team who we are, and how proud we are of our community.”
Hunt & Caraway Architects Project Manager, Jonathan Schmid was impressed by the thoughtful presentation and creative ideas that these students had put forth.
“We definitely have some natural designers in this group,” said Schmid. “I’m excited to take these designs back, and see how we can incorporate it into the final design.”
We can’t wait to see the final design as well! Be on the lookout for Frank’s construction pages in the near future where you’ll be able to stay up-to-date on the latest news coming from the projects!