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West Brazos Junior High p r o j e c t  West

Brazos Junior High School

c l i e n t  Columbia-Brazoria a r c h i t e c t  SHW

Independent School District

units :

Alamo Concrete Products;

Southwest Concrete Products;


unit masonry wall assemblies :

Southwest Concrete Products; membrane roofing : Flex FB45 Elvaloy


d e s i g n t e a m  Gary

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :

Blanton, AIA; Jennifer S. Henrikson, AIA; Frank

Kelly, FAIA

Roof System; acoustical

ceilings :



indoor athletic surfacing :


Mondo Sport Flooring

c o n t r a c t o r  Tellepsen c o n s u l t a n t s   DBR



Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks &


Sparks (civil); SHW Group (structural); Millunzi and Associates (food service) p h o t o g r a p h e r  Richard



Payne, FAIA 7

West Brazos Junior High School, located in the Columbia-

clerestory windows in the circulation spine and low-E

Brazoria Independent School District of Brazoria, is the

glazing, along with inexpensive shading devices that

first LEED certified public school in Texas. SHW Group

double as light shelves on classroom windows and al-

designed the 91,500-square-foot building to fit into its

low natural light to penetrate deep into core spaces.

natural surroundings. Over 190 trees on the site were

Signage has been incorporated into the school’s interior

preserved, since only three acres of the 53-acre site

to promote discussion of environmental awareness

were disturbed during construction. Durable, low-

among students. West Brazos Junior High School was

maintenance materials including concrete masonry,

recognized in the 2007 Exhibit of School Architecture

stucco, and metal panels were chosen for the building’s

for excellence in five out of five categories—design,

exterior. Beiges, browns, and rusts were integrated into

educational appropriateness, innovation, process of

the color scheme to complement the soft colors of the

planning, and value.

exterior materials. Sustainability technologies include


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ground level plan 1 main entrance 2 administration 3 fine arts 4 dining 5 gym 6 changing rooms 7 science labs 8 classrooms 9 library


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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education