7800 Umphress Rd | Dallas, TX 75217 | www.dallasisd.org/hawthorne
Behind the core design concept for the new $29.9M Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School, Dallas ISD seeks to provide next-generational and interactive learning opportunities by creating a “hive” of student connectivity, visual curiosity, and learning interaction. The new campus provides safe, collaborative, serendipitous interior student-centered spaces that are open and welcoming while strengthening the union of students, parents, and teachers. The overall site design for the new 81,500sf replacement school significantly improves site logistics with:
- dedicated off-street pick-up and drop-off and three entry points: one main entry for visitors, a secure after-hour entry for community events and a third entry dedicated for faculty.
- administrative center is located adjacent to the main entry
- interactive art and music rooms that offer indoor and outdoor active learning
- multi-Purpose gymnasium and cafeteria are located at opposite ends of the facility providing two main areas for community gatherings and student performances
- student-centered outdoor learning courtyard is located in the heart of the new facility with access from flanking academic corridors, ground level art room, music room, and dining spaces
- upper-level interactive media center and maker space
- academic houses line the student outdoor spaces providing visual protection while also creating a residential scale to the outside neighborhood
- small learning terraces provide focused outdoor learning and allow daylight to fill the academic corridors
- collaboration pods scattered along both level 1 and 2 corridors facilitate serendipitous interaction and quiet study for students
- outdoor terraces and collaboration pods creating a hive of activity and punctuate the school’s brand to inspire the next generation of Hawthorne Hornets.