2017—Coy Miller Elementary School

Frisco ISD—Coy Miller Elementary School
Architect: Corgan

New Elementary School with Gymnasium, Cafeteria, Library and Classrooms


The Classroom “Pod” was developed to create collaborative communities where students find their place within. The finishes within each pod provide identity to the space and make each one instantly recognizable. The classrooms within the pod open onto a shared collaboration area providing flexibility of space and transparency of instruction. The main entry lies at the intersection of the central axis and the library, establishing the centroid and focal point of the campus.


The low life cycle cost of the geothermal mechanical system, and maximized natural light both work together to help reduce energy cost. The design allows for after-hour student and neighborhood activities, transforming the school into a hub for community interaction. The array of the classroom spaces allows for the entire facility to be easily expandable without affecting or disrupting the original function.


The HVAC is a closed-loop geothermal heat pump system with a minimal life cycle cost. Locally available and responsibly-sourced materials and native landscaping is incorporated throughout. Low-e glass and motorized blinds prevent excessive glare and heat. Energy efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, and an EMS system work together to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and minimize costs. Clerestory natural lighting creates a welcoming environment and encourages student wellness.


The small school model enables district-wide focus on individual student success. The formation of classrooms into Pods creates vibrant communities within the school’s walls and allows for smaller class sizes. A locally accessible campus encourages the community to utilize the facility for different events and functions while the traditional aesthetic of the building reflects the values of its surroundings.


Collaboration amongst community, school administration and the design team was carried out with group meetings and charrettes where everyone could contribute to the development of the campus. Diagrammatic studies of existing campuses were carried out to compare organizational styles. Building Information Modeling (BIM) was utilized to allow for better coordination, and to give the owner design solutions they could see and explore.

School Transformation

Use of the pod positions the campus to focus on collaboration, identity and security. The integration of wireless instructional capabilities allows for a broader range of instructional resources. Included is a WAN (Wide Area Network), allowing for instructional programs to be delivered on demand through video streaming in every space of the building. The integration of technology and media into the fabric of the campus removes any barrier to providing a transformational, 21st Century education.

Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner