The 2012 Exhibit of School Architecture sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention awarded the Caudill Award to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving designed by Corgan Associates.
Caudill Award Winner
Lady Bird Johnson Middle School
It is the first net zero school in the state and at 152,250-sf, the campus is the largest net zero educational facility in the country. The building serves approximately 900 students and incorporates energy-reducing systems with goals to reduce energy consumption over 50 percent through the use of geothermal HVAC, passive solar interior daylighting, an efficient building envelope, a high-efficiency kitchen and advanced controls systems monitoring. The school uses wireless laptop technologies for all computing needs to further reduce the electrical and HVAC loads in the building.
The energy reductions within the facility are enhanced by solar and wind harvesting provided on the site and the roof. Solar panels sustain the majority of the energy needs for the building and are designed so that, over the course of a year, the energy produced will equal the energy consumed, netting zero.
The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy in Dallas
A high school tailored to prepare first generation college students for academic success, this 106,000-sf building was designed by SHW Group to emulate the collegiate experience. It is made up of a series of academic and social spaces organized around a central commons area. The two-story facility houses the eleventh and twelfth graders on the first floor, allowing for more freedom with informal learning areas. The younger students have a more structured, controlled environment above. Instead of traditional “home rooms,” faculty offices are located in a “perch,” a large, cubic space suspended on the second floor.
The school accommodates 500 students and is sited on a 10-acre field adjacent to a nature preserve south of Dallas. The building is certified by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), the nation’s first green building rating program especially designed for K-12 schools.
Sarah Hollenstein Career and Technology Center
Located in the Eagle Mountain-Saginawa Independent School District, this school prepares students for emerging, high-tech occupations. The building’s floor plan organizes all of the departments around a central commons space with an amphitheater and seating area that serves as a grand staircase to the second floor.
Shadow Oaks Elementary School
This school is designed with unique spaces for distinct learning environments including pods with movable tables and chairs and niches or fort-like spaces under the stairs in the corridors. The building replaced an existing school in Spring Branch.
Published in Texas Architect, January/February 2013