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LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex

p r o j e c t  Troy

& Sarah LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex

c l i e n t  Denton

Independent School District

a r c h i t e c t  PBK


d e s i g n t e a m   Fred

B. Montes, AIA; Richard Chi; Christian Herr,

AIA; David Mogray

architectural metal works :



cast stone :

United Cast Stone;

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Armetco Systems; railings and handrails :

York Metals; fascia and soffit panels : Bake/Triangler; metal doors and frames :


Piper Weatherford; wood and plastic doors and frames : Piper


c o n t r a c t o r  Charter con sulta n t s 

r e s o u r c e s masonry units :

terrazzo :

acoustical ceilings :

American Terrazzo;

building insulation and




RLK Engineering (civil); Isbell Engineering (struc-

tural); Reed, Wells, Benson & Co. (MEP); Round Tree Landscaping


(landscape); Ackerman Barnes Consulting (kitchen) p h o t o g r a p h e r  Jud


Haggard 3 4

The 120,792-square-foot LaGrone Advanced Technology

exterior skin, anodized aluminum curtainwall systems,

Complex, located in the Denton Independent School

ceramic tile floors, and low volatile organic compound

District, includes 16 academies that provide students

paints. PBK’s architects focused their design around

with trade-specific technical skills. PBK Architects

the use of long-lasting, low-maintenance materials,

of Dallas has uniquely designed each academy to

as well as the preservation of the natural features of

reflect a specific professional working environment

the site. LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex was

that facilitates increased learning through experience.

recognized in the 2007 Exhibit of School Architecture

Although designing a sustainable facility was the main

for excellence in five out of five categories—design,

challenge PBK faced, they have successfully designed

educational appropriateness, innovation, process of

an environmentally responsible building that incorpo-

planning, and value.

rates green-building technologies such as an all-brick

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M e g a n

B r a l e y




ground floor plan 1 main entry 2 lecture 3 hospitality/culinary arts 4 cosmetology 5 automative technology 6 machine/welding 7 architectural construction 8 administrative offices 9 media technology 10 counseling/testing 11 criminal justice 12 pre-engineering

t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t


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