Video showcases planning and designing for new Condit Elementary School

Design concepts of Condit Elementary School, which will be rebuild into a 21st century learning environment, are featured in a new HISD video highlighting the planning of the campus.

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“The well-being of the school is what’s important to the community, and I think that’s one of our strongest assets,” said Condit Elementary School Principal Daniel Greenberg.

The new two-story school for 750 students, being built under the district’s 2012 bond program, features a centralized learning commons, including a modern version of a library surrounded by a two-story cluster of classrooms grouped by grade level. The learning commons will be an open, naturally lighted area with flexible seating and bookshelves used to define quiet spaces.

“I’m really excited about the learning commons aspect because what it brings to the school is a central point for collaboration and sharing and learning,” said parent Pegi Newhouse.

The school’s architect, VLK Architects, say the new 60,000 square-foot building will also preserve historical elements of the current campus, such as the artwork located on the arched entryway.

“We want to be able to make a space that can be easily be reconfigured,” architect Todd Lien said.

The video also highlights parents, staff and community members going over preliminary designs and concepts for the modern campus.

“By coming together, we end up with a product we’re all happy with, and our children can learn in an optimal way,” said parent Valerie Balke.