The Middle School site is part of a master planned campus with an Elementary School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. The school utilizes shared resources such as drives, joint use play fields, ability to share parking for after hours venues, and a shared Mechanical Central Plant for higher efficiency combined HVAC system. The design takes its cues from the master planned community which has a development theme of “Contemporary Hill Country.”
The building is designed as a small learning communities with adaptable/flexible spaces and small medium and large group work/flex areas for varied instructional spaces. The facility with its small group, medium group and large group learning areas has a complete wireless data system to allow access anytime anywhere in the facility including the outdoor learning courtyard. Transparency is theme to the campus with security and supervision being key driver. The majority of the core academic classroom spaces have transparent or semitransparent walls for observation of classrooms from corridors and from flexible learning spaces into classroom. The learning courtyard is central to the academic wings and contains instructional opportunities with sundials, vertical units of measure, rain harvest cistern, solar PV cells, wind turbine, sediment troughs, specific gardens for medicinal, food and environmental benefits, protractor based learning amphitheater and human graphing grid. Facility is used as a teaching tool by color coding and exposing mechanical, electrical and data systems in key areas for student visibility and observation, including touch screen kiosks to monitor and learn about building systems and real time building energy use.
Planning for the new middle school was a collaborative effort of a team of district teachers, administrators, maintenance and facilities staff. Goal setting and long term vision sessions were held to establish the instructional needs for the school. This team meet a key milestones during the entire design and documentation phases of the project to offer input and direction as the design and documentation evolved.
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