Austin ISD Norman-Sims Elementary School Modernization

Renovation & Restoration, Schools, Austin / Central Texas


Austin, Texas


70,000 sf

Project Features
  • Consolidation & modernization
  • Designed to meet LEED Silver
  • 21st-century learning spaces
  • Site and outdoor space improvements

Norman-Sims Elementary School is an Austin ISD campus that sits on a 10-acre site. The existing campus is comprised of the original building, completed in 1969, and two additions completed in 1988 and 2005, respectively. The 2017 Bond called for the construction of a single, modernized elementary school at the Norman campus to increase enrollment to 522 students. The modernized and expanded facility supports 21st Century learning spaces and offers state-of-the-art technology and community spaces, and is designed to meet LEED Silver requirements. 

The modernized structure is approximately 70,000 sf and includes the renovation and demolition of existing structures as well as the addition of a new two-story structure. Site improvements include the addition of code-required parking as well as improvements to the entry drives and carpool and bus lanes. Additional site improvements include the upgrades to playfield areas and playground equipment.

Austin ISD Norman Elementary walk-thru from Kirksey Architecture on Vimeo.

Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design. She has created state-of-the-art public and private schools and developed PlayTheory, a process that engages stakeholders in a fun, collaborative way to gather quantitative and qualitative information that is used during the design phase. Nicola's talents and expertise are often utilized on projects throughout the firm, including higher education and community projects.