William Adams Middle School took its name from an early Texas pioneer of the historic King Ranch clan who helped establish a town in 1852 called Bandera, which later was renamed Alice. Replacing a 1955 building, the new school conveys the regional architecture of Alice, Texas, which is known for its profusion of spring wildflowers and indigenous plant life. CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$138.73FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio structure’s facade in earth tones and complementary red accent colors sets the backdrop for this southwestern bouquet.
The school offers low-maintenance polished concrete floors. All classrooms are situated on exterior walls with natural lighting. Restrooms use water-conserving fixtures. Dual-switched fluorescent lighting and energy-management air-controlled spaces will offset the initial building cost.
The school contains 53 classrooms, four science classroom/labs, four computer labs, a choir room, band hall, media center, two gymnasiums, locker rooms, training/weightroom, a kitchen, cafetorium with stage, administrative offices, work/conference rooms, teacher’s lounge and several support rooms. Security starts with separate bus and parent dropoffs, with all other traffic going through a locked-down lobby/reception area.