Craig Estes, project manager with AISD, presented the site and building design for the new elementary school to be built north of Rundberg and Georgian.
The building is planned with as a single story building with 32 classrooms, with room for an eight-classroom expansion at a later time. This will allow for about 720 students. It will be LEED silver rated (comparable to Austin Energy’s 4-star rating). The play area will have a field for soccer, with a baseball backstop, a walking path. There will be playscapes for younger and older elementary children.
The bus entrance will be on Rundberg, at the current Georgian traffic light. There will also be a neighborhood entrance on Plover. The Eastwend entrances to the property will remained blocked. There will be a fence around the undeveloped areas of the property. The trees will remain in those area, but AISD will raise the canopy (remove the lower branches and underbrush) so that there are clear sight lines.
The City of Austin will pay for construction of a segment of bike trail at the Rundberg/North Creek corner of the property, connecting the 47 north-south bike route instead of requiring cyclists to go along the Rundberg sidewalk.
The site plan application will go to the City of Austin in the spring, with construction anticipated to start in June or July. The school is planned to open for the 2013-14 school year.