The innovative design for the Grayson County Middle School responded to many challenging programming criteria. Perhaps first among these was that the new school was constructed on the site of the existing middle school, while the middle school continued to be in use.
Although the district wanted to incorporate the existing gymnasium into the new school design, it CAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$70.81FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio wanted a new look for the entire building. To provide a cohesive exterior for the facility, the new one- and two-story additions were designed to wrap around the front and side of the existing gymnasium.
The facility features a two-story library space with a reading loft overlooking the main reference area, and a 450-seat auditorium. The classrooms were organized into pods for math, science, social studies and language arts, along with a team conference room and multipurpose room.
Although the building is a successful solution to site constraints, the completed facility has the feel of a new school that reflects the educational program requirement of the Grayson County Board of Education.
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