Charles M. Goodson Middle School is a prototype middle school built to house 1,350 students has a compact and efficient design which allows for minimization of student travel distances between class changes. The organization of this plan allows for easy orientation of whereabouts in the facility. The administration and cafeteria on the first floor and library on the second floor are the central focus of the compact school. The cafeteria is surrounded by two interior paved courtyards which allow natural light into classrooms. One courtyard serves as a student area during lunch period and the other is reserved for art activities and displays.
In 1999, Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. asked two firms to design a middle schools with identical floor space, specifications, budget and finishes. IBI Group’s compact and efficient design came in the least expensive, more than $900,000 under the other middle school design. This design was used as prototype by Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. two different times.