In September 2008, Hurricane Ike swept through southeast Texas destroying homes, businesses and the schools of Bridge City, Texas. Clearly, this was an extraordinarily trying time, especially for the local independent school district. At the time that Ike wreaked havoc, Bridge City had two elementary campuses: Sims and Hatton, both of which were almost completely destroyed. So, for the past 3 years, teachers, staff and children have been in portable buildings…not exactly the most conducive environment for learning.
Too damaged to make repairing Sims and Hatton schools a sensible investment, Bridge City ISD leadership charted a bold new course of action: build a single, state of the art school, Bridge City Elementary, to serve over 600 children of the community in grades Pre-K through 2nd. Funded with monies from FEMA and insurance, Bridge City Elementary will open for business in August of 2011.
The overall interior design of Bridge City Elementary was especially important to the project planners. Led by the talents of Creative Arts Unlimited, Inc, transportation is the School’s overarching theme. Working closely with BCISD and furniture and equipment project specialists, Contrax (www.contrax.com), Creative Arts Unlimited built 3 dimensional transportation displays for use throughout the School, with each grade assigned its own transportation identity. Importantly, all of the artwork was drawn to inculcate elements of the Bridge City community: bridges, boats, wetland wildlife, etc. Perhaps the crowing jewel of the School’s design, however, is the library. Set up as a Train Depot, kids will enjoy a “story time stage” with their bird mascot, Li’l Red.
The furniture and equipment selected for the School was equally important as the artistic and architectural designs. Starting in September of 2010, Contrax Furnishings’ specialists, Liz Bolton and Alicia Fisher, worked closely with BCISD key decision makers to present, narrow, and select furniture that adapted to the very latest in teaching methods, including technology usage. The classroom furniture is Paragon, Furniture (love these guys☺), Invincible, Media Tech and USA Capitol. The administration wing selection is National Office Furniture.
The excitement is building for the first day of Bridge City Elementary. The School is a physical manifestation of the unerring drive to rebuild the foundation of any strong and growing community: the place where children go to learn. Congratulations to Bridge City ISD!