(Pecos, Texas) – 2022, VLK Architects joined Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD to break ground on the construction of a new elementary campus. This is the second elementary school VLK designed for the district as a part of the May 2021 bond.

“VLK feels very fortunate for the partnership that we have established with Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and their community as they break ground on their second elementary school,” said Monika Castillo, Principal of VLK Architects. “We understand the legacy these projects will bring to the students and staff and are excited to be a part of it.”

During the ceremony, PBTISD Superintendent Brent Jaco, spoke about the collaborative process behind the design of this new facility that started last June.

“We have worked to ensure district stakeholders had a voice in the design of the new schools and facilities. Community members, parents, teachers, campus administrators, and even students have been involved beginning almost a year ago.”

The unique design process, called VLK | LAUNCH®, resulted in a 133,038sf facility with a two-story library at the heart of the campus featuring teaching spaces and reading nooks on each level. The school will also include a music room with direct access to a performance stage, STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, English, Arts, Math) and science labs with access to an outdoor patio and science balcony, and an art room with a kiln.

The campus is scheduled to open its doors to students in fall 2023.

About VLK Architects: With offices throughout Texas, VLK Architects provides architecture, planning, and interior design services to automotive, K-12, higher education, corporate, and institutional clients throughout Texas. For more information, please visit our website: www.vlkarchitects.com or contact marketing@vlkarchitects.com.

About Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD: What began in 1883 as a small schoolhouse located along the Pecos River, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District is now a fully operating district for pre-K-12 education. Located in West Texas between the Permian Basin and the mountainous terrain of El Paso, PBTISD is the premier provider of education for over 2,600 students with five campuses. At PBTISD we are Inspiring and Empowering for Excellence among our students and staff every day.