Bowie 6th Grade Campus
Tom Lavin, AIA; Sheila Sims, AIA; Jon Gamel, AIA; Sarah deGrood, AIA
In order to address crowding at its existing middle school, the Amarillo district voted to construct a new facility for sixth-grade students. The building, which opened in fall 2015, encompasses the latest in technology to enhance the student experience and provide teachers CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$228.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio the tools needed to impart 21st-century learning skills to their students.
The gymnasium is constructed of 10-inch-thick precast concrete panels and structural concrete tees to provide a safe room for everyone on campus in the event of a tornado. The school features a two-story design that fits on a four-acre site adjacent to the existing middle school. The school district purchased the city street between the two campuses, and circulation between the facilities was designed to promote the safety of the students — pedestrians, parent vehicles and buses have their own paths of travel. Collaboration spaces for students to join with other classes are provided in the corridors. These areas have built-in and movable seating as well as smart boards for research and student presentations.