The Cibolo Green Elementary School is one of the first “green” schools in the North East Independent School District and the greater San Antonio area.

Photo: Satterfield & Pontikes

The energy-efficient school was built to meet LEED-silver standards, which include improved air-quality systems, the use of recycled and nontoxic building materials and energy-saving systems.

The upbeat environment boasts nine different wall colors, flooring with multicolored patterns, and natural light.

The general contractor, Satterfield & Pontikes, built many unusual features, including learning centers with windows into mechanical rooms. In-wall windows allow students to see elements such as steel columns, metal studs, piping and wiring.

Special flooring presented a significant challenge. Precisely cut sheet-vinyl flooring was installed in corridors, common areas, the cafeteria and classrooms. Each piece was laser cut into a shape that fit an overall pattern and a designated spot.

Each pattern has a theme, such as animal footprints, and the patterns appear throughout the school. The painstaking efforts of installers were required for proper installation. Though tedious, the team produced a stunning visual effect.

Key Players

Submitted by: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc.
Developer/owner: North East Independent School District, San Antonio
General contractor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., Houston
Architect: Pfluger Associates LP, San Antonio
Civil engineer: Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc., San Antonio
Structural engineer: Alpha Consulting Engineers Inc., San Antonio
MEP engineer: MEP Engineering Inc., San Antonio