Dr. James P. Terry Middle School

Mesquite, Texas

  • FIRM

    WRA Architects, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Mesquite Independent School District

  • AREA

    138,507 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $18,800,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/2006

James Terry Middle School is designed to serve grades 7 and 8, but with a unique configuration: In this fast-growth area, it also will house sixth-graders temporarily until new elementaries are built, so the architect configured the building to keep sixth- and eighth-graders separated.

Creative floor planning accommodates simultaneous, but separate after-hours ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$135.73FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio in the gymnasium and cafetorium. The cafetorium is directly inside the main lobby with convenient restrooms. The secondary entrance leads directly to the gymnasium and has separate public restrooms. Both areas also can be reached inside the building from either entrance.

Different areas of the building—classrooms, fine arts, the gymnasium, library and lobby—all have different skins on the building exterior, yet are tied together by a curved red masonry wall accentuating the two main entrances.

The project includes 30 classrooms; six science labs; two computer labs; a technology lab; a special-education suite; separate rehearsal halls for band, orchestra and choir; an art classroom; a family and consumer science classroom; library; gymnasium with seating for 1,000; cafetorium and weightroom; kitchen with four serving lines; administration office suite; ISS classroom; track and football field; practice field; softball field; tennis courts; and parking for 298 cars.