Plano ISD Bethany Elementary School
Bethany Elementary School is a Plano ISD's 20-year renovation project. Originally built in 1992, the existing school created some problems for the 21st century learning environment. The renovation and addition of the school sought out to update the interior of the existing facility, bring all of the classrooms to current TEA standards, and add new programed spaces that the school did not previously have. The existing school had a very unorganized layout that created confusion on the exterior. The new design was to bring a focus to the entry of the school while unifying the front elevation to make the addition appear natural to the existing roof shapes.
The existing school had a large single sloped standing seam metal roof to which the new design turned back up to create a butterfly roof. This was able to unify and preserve some of the original structure.The new design helped unify the academic zones of the building. The support spaces were more centrally located and relocated the public spaces away from the classroom wings. Those spaces, included PACE, ESL, Speech, Literary and Instructional Specialist, and the Counselor’s Suite are now accessible to the main corridor in which all classroom wings connect to.
Completed while at Perkins+Will, Patrick Glenn served as the Managing Principal and Educational Planner while Dan Holt served at the Project Architect and Aaron Ewert as the Project Designer working on all stages of schematic design through construction.