Schlather Intermediate School

Cibolo, Texas

The architect provided comprehensive architecture and engineering services for a new 101,000-square-foot, 800-student school to serve grades 5 and 6 in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD. The design challenges in this prototype intermediate school revolved around two primary goals: provide a flexible facility layout capable of multiple site adaptations; ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$209.83FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio develop a transitional campus that bridges elementary and middle school.

The flexible layout is accomplished by separating the core "destination" functions, such as athletics, administration, music/band, food service, and the media center and library, from the classroom wings. This enables ramps and stair placement to accommodate up to 6 feet of vertical rise/fall across the building footprint on various sites.

The goal to develop a transitional campus is achieved on multiple levels. The building form combines pre-engineered classroom wings, construction commonly used in the district’s elementary schools, with a conventional core similar to the construction of its secondary campuses.  In the classroom, lockers give way to in-classroom cubby units, and separate science labs become in-classroom science counters. Interactive teaching boards are included in every classroom, along with ceiling-mounted projectors.