Griffin Middle School
The Colony, Texas
Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C; Richard Chi, LEED AP BD+C; Jorge Tiscareno; Brent Hite
Prior to any discussions about design, the district embarked on a nine-month-long process that culminated in a Strategic Design Initiative (SDI). The SDI established a formal set of criteria that shape how learning occurs in the district. The design CAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$205.00CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio Griffin Middle School supports the work of the SDI and its core belief that all schools should be learning organizations.
The design team devised a learning environment that fully supports a global learning organization’s core disciplines of personal mastery, shared vision and team learning. By incorporating small learning communities into the school to support and nurture individual academic strengths, the design enables students to capitalize on self-sustaining growth and to conduct individual learning activities as part of a team (which promotes mastery).
The design prioritizes lifelong learning at all levels throughout the campus. The school’s learning hub is a thriving center of activity where students convene to collaborate on projects, eat and converse, and find quiet areas for more personal, individualized learning activities.