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Ennis Junior High School p r o j e c t  Ennis c l i e n t  Ennis

Designed by SHW Group, Ennis Independent School

Junior High School, Ennis

District’s newly constructed junior high is a 195,000-sf


a r c h i t e c t  SHW

facility on a 50-acre site. The design incorporates a


d e s i g n t e a m  Terry Hoyle, AIA; John Hansen, AIA; Jennifer Deng, AIA;

contemporary feel and function. Classrooms are con-

James Wallace, AIA; Robert Davis, AIA; Lelia Goehring, AIA; Allison

figured to be flexible to support interactive teaching

Binford; Russell Ransbarger; Lelia Kim

through integrated technology. Large-group instruction

c o n t r a c t o r  Charter

spaces and a closed-circuit television studio are two

Builders, a Balfour Beatty Company

McClure & Associates (MEP/IT); Glenn Engi-

significant features. The school serves 1,200 students

neering (site/civil); Ramsey Landscape Architecture (landscape);

in grades seven and eight, and grades are separated on

JMK Foodservice Consulting & Design (food service); Fugro (geo-

two floors, creating “neighborhoods” that share common

tech); BAi (acoustics)

spaces along a central circulation spine. A dual-function

c o n s u l t a n t s   Estes

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Mark

two-story classroom wings minimize the building footmasonry

print, which offers an opportunity for future expansion.

Acme; metal materials : Steel Boss Interna-

The district chose to incorporate an energy management

r e s o u r c e s athletic surfacing : units , veneer assemblies :

Advanced Polymer Tech;

roof / wall panels ,

system and light sensors, saving resources and lowering

MBCI; fascia and soffit panels : AEP Span; metal / wood /

energy consumption. In addition, the facility is equipped

entrances , glazed curtainwall :

with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Rainwater

Kawneer (Alliance Glass); glass : Oldcastle (Alliance Glass); overhead

run-off from the building is captured in an on-site pond,

doors :

Overhead Door of Dallas; translucent panels : CPI Daylighting

which allows for outdoor learning activities. Roofing

(American Mainline Products); gypsum board framing : Dietrich Metal

materials were selected to minimize heat gain. The


gym is illuminated with daylight from large expanses of


expansion joint covers :

metal roofing :

specialty doors :

InPro Corporation;

Piper Weatherford;

gypsum :


athletic wood flooring :

Robbins Flooring Texas Resins

translucent panels and glazing at each stairway affords a

Corp.; paint and high performance coatings : ICI; epoxy quartz flooring :

sense of openness. Every corridor has exterior views, and

DuraFlex; floor hatches , projection screen, expansion joint covers , stair

interior glazing throughout the school creates transpar-

Surfaces (Ponder Company);

nosings :

seating :

fluid applied flooring :

PDV Associates; protective covers : AVADEK; metal lockers :

Lyon Workspace Products;

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gym equipment :

Draper, Senoh;


Sedia Systems; music storage : LSI Corp.; lab casework : LSI




cafeteria/performance space provides flexibility and the







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First Floor Plan 1 Administration 2 classroom 3 dining 4 physical education 5 fine arts 6 media center 7 industrial technology

ency. Ennis Junior High School received a Merit Award in the 2010 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. N o elle

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Corp. (J&S Equipment)

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Texas Architect 2011 Jan/Feb: Education