2018 Abilene AIA Awards - Award of Honor
Merging students’ interest in gardening and a best-selling book on habits of highly effective people, the concept for Johnston Elementary School in Abilene is evident on its colorful walls of powerful phrases.
The biggest challenge was constructing it in the same site as the original time-worn school, and at the same time classes were being held in the old school. The new 750-student school consists of six learning neighborhoods for kindergarten through 5th grade, administrative spaces, a commons area, kitchen, fitness room, specialty classrooms for science, art, music, dyslexia tutoring, speech and physical therapy, a master librarian and computer area, and ancillary spaces. Function determined what materials would be used. Brick characterizes the learning neighborhoods, for example.