Check out Port Acres Elementary School!


Less than 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Port Arthur, Texas, Port Acres Elementary School is a celebration of all that it means to be a kid growing up in the Gulf Coast Region. From the coastal planes to the depths of what some scientists regard as one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the Earth’s surface, students at Port Acre start learning before they make it to their classroom.

Located on approximately 19 acres of previously developed land, Port Acres Elementary replaces an existing school. Originally conceived on the “Open School” model popularized in the 60s, the campus could neither meet the needs of the growing community nor adapt to modern teaching methods. With virtually every meeting taking place at the existing school, engagement during the design process was unprecedented. BRW experienced firsthand what was and was not working for the students and staff. The new one-story facility brings the school’s entire population under one roof for the first time in its history.

Fronting onto the main thoroughfare, a pair of porches creates a welcoming and sheltered entrance for students, staff, and visitors. The lobby is filled with natural light and connects to administrative areas, the media center, cafeteria, and gymnasium. North-facing windows allow controlled natural light throughout the facility while preventing undesirable heat gain. Elevating the structure and designing the site to accommodate storm surge address the flat terrain and the region’s propensity for extreme weather.

While life in the region has its challenges, it also offers countless rewards. The rich natural history and ecological legacy of the area are reflected throughout the school. From the color palette to the graphic depiction of the distinctive flora and fauna of the area, Port Acres Elementary creates a sense of identity and pride for students, faculty and staff.

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Dallas Board Games Over lunch

Monday, June 27, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join us in the Treehouse for Board Games over lunch! Games are provided, but feel free to bring your own!

BRW’s 9th Annual Art Auction

Friday, July 15th, 2022

Over the past nine years, BRW has hosted an annual Art Auction to raise money for our CANstruction team in their effort to support the North Texas Food Bank. All proceeds from the Art Auction will help purchase cans for our design and donation. More details on our social channels.

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TEEX Annual Municipal Vendor Show

July 23, 2022

BRW Attendees: Ray Holliday, Principal of College Station & Rechelle Parker, HR Director

Come see first-hand the products and services that are available including fire and EMS apparatus, tools, apparel, technology, and more. More than 130 exhibitors will be on display—the largest of which is the Municipal Vendor Show at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University. ​

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FRI | Fire Rescue International

August 24 – August 26, 2022

Each summer, thousands of the most prominent fire and emergency service leaders from across North America and around the globe come to FRI to learn, network and collaborate together. We are thrilled to be heading back to San Antonio for #FRI2022!

BRW Attendees: Ray Holliday, Principal of College Station | Fred Clifford, Associate Principal of Dallas Civic | Carol Kesler, Senior Associate of Dallas Civic

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CANstruction 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Canstruction® was founded in 1992 by the late Cheri Melillo and colleagues from the Society for Design Administration (SDA) working in tandem with the American Institute of Architects. The vision for Canstruction® is to unite the design, engineering and construction industry through a unique and fun medium that would provide canned food to the North Texas Food Bank. Over Canstruction Dallas’ 23 year history, they have provided 1.5 million cans for those in need!

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