Designed for 1,800 students in grades 9 to 12, Justin Wakeland High School is the third high school in the Frisco Independent School District, one of America’s fastest-growing school systems.
The building and site organization required bold emphasis to distinguish the school from its weighty surroundings—a massive freeway and colossal retail box stores. Eco-friendly CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$145.02FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio were used throughout to reflect the community’s history, and contrasting colors and proportions of masonry outside are used to encourage scale. Vertical emphasis is conveyed via stone-clad tower elements around the building. Landscaping berms and proximity to the neighborhood diminish scale on residential sides.
A central commons runs east-west along the main site axis, connecting the building’s formal entry with the bus loop behind the building and serving as the main circulation element for core functions: academics, administration, library and dining.
Students enjoy a variety of electives supported by amenities, such as a state-of-the-art performance hall with catwalks, control room and orchestra pit. Integrated technologies, including digital projectors in classrooms, a wide-area network and extensive security system, enhance instruction delivery throughout.