Whitley Elementary School, a significant educational development for Keller ISD, represents a modern approach to learning environments. The project involved the construction of a 90,325 SF two-story building, serving as a replacement for the district’s previous elementary school. The new structure was meticulously phased to allow for the demolition of the existing structure concurrently with the new construction.

The project reached completion in November 2023, with a construction cost of $25.7 Million. This investment underscores the district’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art educational facilities. The scope of work included structural engineering services, focusing on the creation of a robust and safe learning space. The building’s foundation is a testament to modern engineering, featuring structural steel framing and a crawlspace foundation. Additionally, the school is equipped with an ICC-500 ICF storm shelter, ensuring the safety of students and staff during extreme weather conditions.

This project filled a crucial need for Keller ISD, a district that prides itself on its history of excellence while embracing the growth and diversity of its community. The new elementary school is a beacon of the district’s dedication to its more than 35,000 students across a vast 51-mile radius in Tarrant County.

With the help of VLK Architects, the building boasts unique architectural features, including a cantilevered classroom on the second level and architecturally exposed structural steel that enhances the second-floor collaboration area. The entrance is marked by a double-height curtain wall, creating an inviting and impressive facade.