New Dyess Elementary School Fly-Through from Parkhill on Vimeo.

After helping Abilene ISD deliver its 2013 bond program $2.3 million under budget, Abilene ISD turned to Parkhill again in 2018 to design a replacement for Dyess Elementary school, adjoining Dyess Air Force Base. AISD chose Parkhill specifically for its experience with the Department of Defense Education Activity, the extensive experience designing schools for military dependent students, and for expertise in DoDEA’s 21st-Century Learning educational specifications which Parkhill helped them develop.

The design process of the school was from the outset, community-driven and geared specifically to those spaces and programs found in DoDEA schools that might not be present in traditional local education agencies (LEAs), or outside the gate schools. The process was also highly collaborative and included teachers, administrators and maintenance staff. In the approach to the entry of the school, history and military service will be clearly honored.

The new school encompasses 104,970 square feet. Parkhill worked with the school schedule to properly size and allocate intervention groupings and created several exterior concepts, inviting and simple in construction to be good stewards of the budget. The school is planned to open in the fall of 2021.

A Topping Out Ceremony on December 18 celebrated the progress of the new school. This tradition involves placing a tree on the top of the new construction for good luck.

Dyess Elementary Topping Out Ceremony from Parkhill on Vimeo.