Hanh Phan Tilley Elementary School

Hanh Phan Tilley Elementary School

Fresno, California

Central Unified District’s first two-story elementary school was completed on August 9, 2019—just in time for the start of the new school year. The $28 million new construction project comprised a total of 79,000 square feet: a two-story classroom building, a single-story multi-purpose and administration building, a kindergarten, a computer lab building, and the library. Within the library is a commemorative area for Ms. Hanh Phan Tilley, a young teacher at McKinley Elementary who died of cancer in 2013.

In designing the new 850-student facility, the locally based team at TAM Architects incorporated specific features to achieve several critical priorities:

  1. Safety – the entire campus is enclosed with security fencing.

  2. Advanced technology – state-of-the-art equipment, soundproof classrooms, classrooms set up with smart boards, enabling students to write directly onto big-screen monitors.

  3. Energy efficiency – sensors that automatically operate lights and air conditioning, saving energy use when the building is vacant.

Giroux Glass was enlisted to provide the glazing on this project. Work on our scope began in June 2019, and included the installation of the stick-built curtain wall, storefront doors, and punched windows.