George Dawson Middle School and Cleburne Banks Intermediate School

Southlake, Texas

  • FIRM

    VLK Architects


    Carroll Independent School District

  • AREA

    228,285 sq.ft.





The design was driven by site constraints, steep slopes and existing mature trees. The development of the site layout and road improvements was a coordinated effort between the city and district.

The core spaces of the campus are designed to accommodate 1,450 students. Future expansion will occur in the athletic and academic areas to increase capacity ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,450COST PER SQ FT$118.85FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio 1,600 students.

The sweeped, curved masonry wall at the middle school’s entrance, which gradually unfolds upon approach, is intended to embrace those who enter. It creates an easy transition into the school’s environment, and helps to articulate the different masses and provide a source of natural light.

This wall becomes the hinge that allows the building to bend and encompass the site contours, and embrace the adjacent intermediate school. Contrasting bricks and geometric patterns that relate to interior spaces delineate the building exteriors. Large glazed areas in the library reading areas, main stairwells and cafetoriums let in an abundance of natural light. Multiple brick colors and textures are used to articulate and give scale to the facade.