Designing for Impact on a School – 2018 AIA Dallas RETROSPECT

At Page, our vision is “Design that makes lives better”. A team of Page volunteers just completed a great example designed to benefit an elementary school near Dallas Love Field Airport. This effort is part of the annual AIA Dallas RETROSPECT exhibition that demonstrates how regional architects make Dallas a better place to live, work, and play.

The theme for this year’s RETROSPECT is “Impact”. The Page team met with Stephen C. Foster Elementary School Principal Irma De Laguardia and and instructors, including first grade teacher Takeila Berkins, to learn more about their needs before brainstorming something functional. The administrators knew they wanted something that could be used by the entire school.

As story time is a big hit with the students, the Page team conceived of a bi-folding library bench that students can sit - and read - on. Books can be stored within the bench in cubbies that are organized by colors, each representing a grade level.

The school’s motto, “Work Hard, Get Smart, Go to College”, is engraved on the side. Every time students walk down the hall they will be reminded to set their goals high. From the exterior courtyard looking in, a figure of an open book will be visible on the rear side of the bench.

The piece was just successfully installed at the RETROSPECT exhibit at NorthPark Center along with all other submissions. The exhibit will be open to the public through May 9. Afterward, the bench will be transported to Foster Elementary for a donation ceremony.

Currently, Page is collecting children’s books to fill the cubbies and donate to the school library. If you have any unwanted children’s books, no larger than 8.5” x 11” for grade levels Pre K – 5, and would like to donate them you can drop them off at the Page Dallas office at 1800 Main Street, Suite 123, Dallas, TX 75201, 214.522.3900.

The Page Library Bench can be viewed in the above gallery of images beginning with a rendering of the concept through installation as well as in person at NorthPark Center near Dillard’s and Corner Bakery.

To learn more about AIA Dallas RETROSPECT 2018, click here.