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Cibolo Valley Elementary School - Cibolo, Texas

LPA, Inc.

Posted: August 10, 2023 | Projects

Cibolo Valley Elementary School in Cibolo, Texas, located between Austin and New Braunfels, Texas, is the largest and newest school for Schertz– Cibolo–Universal City Independent School District. The 153,000-square-foot campus was approved by voters as part of a May 2013 bond referendum, and it opened in August 2015. 

Photograph courtesy of Dror Baldinger

This school serves a highly developed, family–oriented community that has seen a wealth of growth in recent years. Challenged for space, the district recognized a need for a new school facility. LPA, who worked with the district for more than 15 years and had completed several elementary schools and a new high school, was asked to help bring this new school to fruition. While other schools in the district serve 700 to 800 students, Cibolo Valley Elementary is designed for an initial capacity of 900 students, with room for expansion for up to 1,200 students. 

Cibolo Valley Elementary, which serves students from Pre–Kindergarten through fourth grade, is the district’s first two-story elementary school. Classrooms are located in two two-story buildings –reserved for grades one through four and one single-story wing – reserved for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. In addition to the classroom spaces, the campus has an outdoor “discovery zone”, two gymnasiums, a library, cafeteria, music rooms, and a performance stage. 

The discovery zone, located in the courtyard between the two two–story wings, is an innovative solution to designing for curriculum. The connections to the outdoor learning spaces allow students to easily transition from working indoors to an inspiring, natural outdoor environment. The exterior teaching spaces include a small amphitheater and multiple raised planters for science and horticulture teaching instructions. 

The two gymnasiums are used for both physical education and community events. The gyms are connected with multiple overhead doors, allowing ease of movement from one gym to the other. 

While the school provides a solution for an expanding population, designers wanted to maintain a small–campus feel. They kept in mind the relationships between buildings, while improving the staff’s ability to organize, monitor, and communicate with one another and the students. The core–which includes the main entry, library, gymnasium, cafeteria, and music rooms – is centralized on the campus, with classroom wings located perpendicularly, minimizing the distance between core and classroom locations. 

The school incorporated several sustainable features, including two on-site cisterns. The main entry cistern stores rain water harvested from an adjacent roof and piped condensation from several mechanical units. The cistern is then connected into the adjacent irrigation system for landscaping, helping the district save on water usage. The second cistern –located in the discovery zone courtyard – collects water off a large butterfly roof. The harvested water is then connected to the irrigation system for landscaping throughout the courtyard. Other sustainable features include a high-efficiency HVAC system; an automated electric lighting control system; low-VOC materials throughout; recycled materials used during construction; and high-durability, low–maintenance interior finishes, such as polished concrete flooring throughout the campus. 

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 300 employees with offices in San Antonio, Texas, and Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose, California. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and graphics.

LPA, Inc.
114 E. Cevallos, San Antonio, TX 78204

Structural Engineer
Alpha Consulting Engineers
13300 Old Blanco Road, #326
San Antonio, TX 78216

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
HMG & Associates
70 N.E. Loop 410, #1070
San Antonio, TX 78216

Civil Engineer
MTR Engineers
12770 Cimarron Path, #100, San Antonio, TX 78249

Awarded Contractor
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
8706 Lockway, San Antonio, TX 78217

Date Bid: Nov 2013
Project Delivery Method: Competitive Sealed Proposal
Construction Period: Jan 2014 to Aug 2015
Total Square Feet: 153,130 Site: 18 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 57 classrooms, cafetorium, seating 528.
Building Sizes: First floor, 108,460; second floor, 44,670; total, 153,130 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17'9"; second floor, 17'5"; total, 35'2".
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the July/August 2023 issue of DCD