2017—East Cliff Elementary School

Gregory-Portland ISD—East Cliff Elementary School
Architect: WKMC Architects, Inc.

This new neighborhood PK-5 elementary school campus replaces an aging, small and inefficient school located on a 7.7 acre site.


  • The architectural character draws from this community’s rich tradition of modern architecture shaped by the 1960’s era of K-12 school campuses.
  • The Learning Resources Center is the center of the school.
  • Student safety & security were key design drivers for both the building & the site.


  • Material selections were based on long-term, low-maintenance cost. Energy efficient water cooled chilled water system was designed to extend the life expectancy of the equipment.
  • State-of-the-art HVAC system maximizes life cycle cost savings.


  • Constructed for resilience – Hurricane Resistant Building.
  • Controlled, natural light was integrated into the design and used throughout this school.
  • All classroom windows are oriented north- south for the best solar exposure. LED high efficiency light fixtures and controls were used to maximize energy savings.


  • The District implemented a transition plan to move from a K-4 model to a K-5 grade organization.
  • Flexibility in core learning and community assembly spaces are a key element of this school design.
  • Tackable walls between corridor colonnades transform hallways into virtual art displays.


  • The Building Committee included a cross-section of educators, administrators, and staff.
  • The Design Team met with members of the Building Committee over 15 times.
  • Grade level committees provided teacher priorities.

School Transformation


Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner