Branch Crossing Junior High School

The Woodlands, Texas

  • FIRM



    Conroe Independent School District

  • AREA

    194,000 sq.ft.





The Conroe Independent School District wanted a traditional, Jeffersonian-style appearance that blended with surrounding neighborhoods. To achieve this goal, the architect incorporated a university-like campus appeal into the design of the building. It uses traditional materials such as cast stone and brick to create a split-face surface boasting an abundance of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,500COST PER SQ FT$90.00CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio arches and colonnades.

One of the main design concepts of the campus was to “bring the outside in” and empower the interior with natural light. To reduce the use of artificial lighting, several mainstream areas of the building are “surrounded” by 28-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.

To accommodate interdisciplinary team-teaching, the classrooms are arranged in pods of four, for math, social studies, English and reading. The central location of the administrative complex, the commons and library is intended to increase security and separate the quiet, academic areas from the louder activities in the gymnasium, and vocational and music areas.

"Excellent organizational spaces, both academic and social. Good lighting."--2001 jury