As part of a bond to improve and expand the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) facilities, De Zavala Elementary School completed a transformative renovation. The original elementary school, built in 1985, nearly doubled in size to the current 168,479-square-foot, two-story facility. Adding 80,000 square feet, the project features a new entryway and administration area, a renovated media center, and updates to the hallways, kitchen, cafeteria and all the classrooms.
Today, De Zavala Elementary School serves approximately 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. More than 85 precent of students identify as Hispanic and 20 percent are bilingual. Bilingual teachers and students speaking the same language is beneficial, but ensuring everyone is heard and understood still can be challenging.
Meeting the school’s high acoustic performance requirements and updated contemporary appearance, Perkins&Will specified Rockfon Sonar® acoustic stone wool ceiling panels as the basis of design throughout De Zavala Elementary School’s new addition and renovated spaces. Rockfon Sonar ceiling panels provide best-level sound absorption with a noise reduction coefficient of 0.95 NRC.
Working closely with Rockfon, two local companies were responsible for De Zavala Elementary School’s new ceilings. ISC Building Materials supplied Southwest Texas Contractors with more than 40,100 square feet of Rockfon Sonar panels in three sizes, and Chicago Metallic® 1200 Series and 4000 Tempra™ exposed grid suspension systems.
For the majority of the school’s ceilings, 2-by-2 and 2-by-4-foot square-edge, lay-in panels were installed in the 15/16-inch Chicago Metallic 1200 Series system. In the renovated media center, the larger 2-by-6-foot panels were selected with a square tegular narrow edge detail and installed in 9/16-inch exposed grid. The ceiling’s modern appearance visually unifies the renovated existing space and the newly constructed addition, providing visual continuity throughout the school.
De Zavala Elementary School
San Marcos, Texas