2016—Camey Elementary

Lewisville ISD—Camey Elementary
Architect: PBK Architects

In a rapidly expanding suburban community sits this very progressive, 1,000-student elementary campus. This brand new, unconventional learning environment was constructed as a replacement to an existing, 1970s-era school facility. Having served as the “heart” of its neighborhood community for more than 45 years, the campus has been completely reimagined to respond to modern-day learning applications with complementary environmental features.


The brand of the surrounding community showcases a nautical theme. The theme is acknowledged through the campus’ crescent-shaped footprint and large canopy (sail) at the main entrance. Shared community spaces (commons, fine arts, athletics, etc.) can be independently secured from the rest of the campus for after-school learning activities and community use.


The building’s stacked concept showcases dedicated commons areas for core curriculum with grade level communities (houses) that encourage project-based teamwork. Younger students (K-2) are located near the ground, older students (3-5) in upper levels. Dedicated grade wing classrooms and teacher staging areas are designed to “blur” the walls and maximize occupant interaction. External to each classroom, community learning spaces expand learning activities into the campus’ main arteries


The design process was orchestrated to respond directly to a pre-developed Strategic Design Initiative (SDI). The SDI introduces a completely new educational formula that prioritizes Next Generation teaching applications and corresponding learning activities. Architects conducted design strategy meetings with campus staff, district leadership, parents and community liaisons. The meetings were segmented to address each major objective of the SDI.


Mature trees on site were “hands off.” Preservation of existing parking reduced overall ecological footprint. Strategic siting of practice fields and playground prioritizes green space. As practical, the structure’s design maximizes interior daylight. LED technologies are integrated throughout. Outdoor learning is enhanced through building shell transparency – spans of glass permit maximum visibility to interior activities. Comprehensive environmental automation governs campus energy costs.


To eliminate interruptions to ongoing operations, the replacement facility was constructed adjacent to the existing structure. The resulting reduced footprint from the two-story design solution inherently reduced construction costs. The reallocated dollars funded additional classroom amenities like modular/mobile furniture and plug-n-play technology accessories. The building’s shell and interior finishes consist of the most cost-effective, maintenance-free construction materials in the industry.

School Transformation

Each grade level community (pod) showcases flex classroom spaces that can be dynamically repurposed to accommodate changing educational programs. Community learning spaces (“nests”) adjacent to each classroom bank showcase amenities (modular furniture, plug-n-play technologies, etc.) that maximize agility and adaptability for individualized and group learning activities. This unique program champions support for contrasting learning styles.

Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner