Moore Middle School and MST Magnet

Tyler, Texas

  • FIRM

    WRA Architects


    Tyler Independent School District

  • AREA

    161,257 sq.ft.





Design team
Jeffrey C Miller, AIA, LEED AP; Weston Emmert, AIA; Chance Howe, AIA

A replacement for Moore Middle School, the new building serves 1,150 students in grades 6-8 and houses the district’s Math, Science, and Technology (MST) Magnet school. The original 1950s school occupied the flattest part of the site and was demolished last. The new building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMTAGCAPACITY1,150COST PER SQ FT$173.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio to be built on the most sloped part of the remaining site, resulting in a split-level facility of two and three stories.
The east and west ends are anchored by the large, loud spaces used after hours; those create a large interior courtyard. The east end houses the cafeteria, kitchen and fine arts suites; the west end is a large athletic complex including a multistory gymnasium and dressing room building.
Among the building elements included to enhance 21st-century learning: shared-use collaboration spaces on every floor, sheltered outdoor learning spaces in the courtyard, enhanced acoustical treatments in classrooms, and a shaded outdoor dining area. Every classroom and work area has natural light and windows. Sustainability features include the east-west orientation of the classroom wing to minimize heat load; adherence to the existing grade, though steeply sloped, to minimize cut and fill; and an energy management system.