West Brazos Junior High School is on a 53-acre undeveloped, beautifully wooded site. The building’s dominant material is concrete masonry, which was chosen for its natural, durable quality. Stucco and metal panels complement the masonry to make a more economical structure without compromising durability and maintenance concerns. Natural colors of beige, brown and rust, CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$108.54FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio by zero-maintenance clear, anodized aluminum and energy-efficient green tinted glass enable the building to blend with the natural beauty of the heavily wooded campus.
A 260-foot circulation spine connects multiple learning/activity pod centers that feature clerestory windows, allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the core spaces. Landscaped courtyards provide generous views. Classroom windows feature low-E glazing and inexpensive shading devices that double as light shelves, distributing natural light further into learning spaces. The site consists of rainwater detention and natural filtration areas, and naturally preserved landscapes that are drought-resistant and thrive in the regional coastal environment.
West Brazos Junior High School is the first public school in Texas to receive LEED certification.