Ysleta Independent School District commissioned PSC to design all the projects at Vista Hills Elementary School, which included a library addition, cafeteria/kitchen addition and parent drop-off zone. It was determined by the design team and district staff to anchor the existing school with the new additions at opposite ends. PSC met multiple times with the principal, school cafeteria staff, librarian, technology personnel and Facilities and Construction Department staff to study the function of each space in the additions and design accordingly. The project also included renovating the existing Library into typical classrooms and remodeling the existing kitchen to a band room.

The library addition is approximately 7,022 SF with the following spaces: workroom, librarian’s office, audio/visual storage, grade level storage, computer resource area, classroom, storytime area, gallery (reading area), stacks area and circulation desk. The librarian requested to incorporate trees in library space. PSC designed the gallery with a high ceiling and used the concrete columns to be abstract trees in the space. Clerestory windows are incorporated in the gallery to strengthen the outdoor environment feel of the space.

The cafeteria/kitchen addition is approximately 8,137 SF which has the following spaces: cafeteria, kitchen, restrooms, manager’s/cashier’s office, scullery, locker area, dry storage, walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, serving lines, storage, custodial closets, staff restroom and TIS room (local area network room).