How do you give new life to an old school?

Pearl C. Anderson Renovation Dallas, TX

Continuing Community Service

In late 2019, Watermark Church purchased the former Pearl C. Anderson Middle School in South Dallas from Dallas ISD. Dallas ISD closed the school in 2013, after serving the local community for more than 50 years, after declining attendance.

The Vision of Pearl C. Anderson

Watermark South Dallas is a local church as well as a ministry hub. The vision is to thoughtfully and prayerfully join with existing churches, non-profits, and local leaders to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the community. The desire is to work together to develop creative solutions and empower the residents of South Dallas to improve their community. The strategy is to bring many of those services under one roof, making them more accessible to the community.

    Designing with the Future in Mind

    The three-story approximately 185,000 SF building sat vacant until Watermark’s purchase. Watermark saw the abandoned school as an opportunity to serve the needs of their larger community. OMNIPLAN designed the renovation in a way that restored the original design intent while retrofitting the building with modern systems to ensure it met the needs of its proposed new use.

    Supporting The Future

    Phase 1 consisted of approximately 24,000 SF of renovated interior space and associated exterior envelope enhancements. Renovated areas included a multi-purpose room, back-of house spaces, classrooms, restrooms, lobby/ reception spaces, support spaces and the central exterior courtyard. Renovation of these spaces was completed in Spring of 2021.

    What's To Come

    The remainder of the building not renovated in this initial phase will be renovated in the future as the center grows and they further understand what services will be most helpful to the community. Potential future uses include a health & wellness clinic, vocational training, and a youth center. OMNIPLAN continues to partner with Watermark South Dallas to plan and design these future phases.