Over the summer you may have noticed construction activity has started here at Woodrow Wilson. Denton ISD has started removing some of the equipment on the west side of the property as they begin the initial stages of prep work for the project. The City of Denton has also been involved as they update utilities for our community as well as our campus.
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, STANTEC Architects presented a project update for Woodrow Wilson Elementary to the school board, which reflected feedback received from our Wilson community. These updates included an architectural screen wall positioned along the west property line. The anticipated time line for the Woodrow Wilson Elementary project is fall of 2019 through summer of 2021. The Board of Trustees approved the updates as presented and expressed their appreciation for the collaboration between our community, the District, and STANTEC.
Following several meetings to gather input from district leadership and campus based teams which includes community members, plans are being finalized for a new version of Wilson Elementary School to open in August 2021. The current campus which was originally built in 1960, resides on land donated to the district by Nette Schultz, near a park that bears her name.
The project, the first elementary school under construction that was approved by voters as part of the 2018 Capital Improvements Plan, will enter the final planning and permitting process moving forward.
Designed by Stantec, the new campus will be a two-story building facing Hanover Drive on the west side of the land on which the school currently resides. Current students will continue to attend Wilson, as the new campus is constructed on the same property over a 24-month period.
The interior will feature grade level pods, and each pod will have dedicated collaboration spaces that will capitalize on the use of natural light. There will be a convenient connection to the outdoors from every grade level pod, and the campus will run on 50 percent solar energy as well as feature comparable sustainable strategies.
A new, winding drop-off and pick-up drive will relieve car-rider traffic from Windsor Drive, Hanover Drive and Emerson Lane. A third drive will be to the west of the proposed building and will serve as bus drop off for the two buses that serve the campus. Traffic control is a key component of maintaining the neighborhood feel for Wilson and having dedicated lanes for drop-off and pick-up will increase student safety.
Included in the new design is a storm shelter large enough to accommodate the school’s enrollment as well as several innovative security features that will restrict the public’s access to student learning areas during the school day.
A meadow will sit in the middle of those drives and include an outdoor playing field and a natural learning lab.
The new building will have a maximum capacity of 800 students to serve the current enrollment of 630 students as well as accommodate growth in the neighborhood.