Maurine Cain Middle School

Rockwall, Texas

  • FIRM



    Rockwall Independent School District

  • AREA

    147,970 sq.ft.





Serving a new community, this school is expected to become a focal point for new development. Two main entrances are designated for community use: the primary in front and a secondary on the side. Because the community does not have access to a nearby library, the school’s library has been built 50 percent larger to serve as a public library when classes are not ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$106.33FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio session.

To accommodate additional foot traffic into the main corridor area, designers organized the building so the areas with the smallest populations were at the beginning of the corridor and the largest populations at the opposite end, creating a corridor that progressively widens.

The design saved more than 4,000 square feet of space by using folding bleachers in the gymnasium. This made room for additional classrooms.

Grade-level wings, designed for team-teaching, separate the school. Each wing has its own science, math, English, social studies, assistant principal and counselor offices, and teacher workroom/planning areas. This cuts down on the time teachers are away from their wings.