Tom C. Gooch Elementary School | Dallas ISD

th+a was charged with upgrading many aspects of this 1950's-era North Dallas School as part of the DISD 2008 $1.1 Billion Bond Program, which provided upgrades across the entire DISD system. Due in part to th+a's successful completion of five school renovation projects for the 2004 Bond Program, DISD selected our firm for a number of their latest renovation and expansion projects.

The team designed a new covered entrance element to emphasize the front door of the school, and added an area of new brick pavers to create a pathway sheltered by an existing canopy of large oak trees. This sequence of details helps to protect students and parents from the elements as they enter the school. Other exterior improvements included the addition of fluted metal panel fascia to cover a deteriorated slate fascia, a gated masonry enclosure and extended landscape irrigation along the front of the school. Additionally, all exposed metal gutters, columns, railings and window frames were repainted. A new playscape and fall zone area was added to the main playground.

Included in the renovation program were safety and security measures in the form of lockdown capability for teachers at all classrooms.This scope was coordinated with a much-needed freshening up of the school interior. All classrooms received new solid core oak veneer doors with new lockdown hardware, all other corridors doors were replaced and the corridors were repainted.All student lockers were refinished with electrostatic paint and any damaged lockers were catalogued and repaired or replaced. Finish upgrades included student restroom refurbishing, and all classrooms received new ceilings and lighting. Infrastructure work performed included boiler and pump replacement and replacement of HVAC rooftop units where needed.