LPA Reveals Austin-Area Middle School Design
APL recently published the design of a new college in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in Austin, Texas. The school will serve the northeastern part of the city, including Mueller, a new urban development built on the grounds of the city’s former airport. According to a press release, the school’s design pays homage to the airport through features such as a wing-shaped roof, a gymnasium resembling an aircraft hangar, and runway-themed orientation graphics around the campus.
The new school, built on a 10-acre site that was once a track, will have three floors and cover 130,000 square feet. The campus will focus on project-based interdisciplinary learning and serve as a community center to create a link between the school and the surrounding neighborhood. It was designed to meet LEED Gold standards.
âLPA and Joeris General Contractors worked together through the integrated design-build delivery method to ensure that AISD’s priorities among stakeholders were balanced in the design,â said Drew Johnson, director of planning. project obligations and controls for the AISD construction management department. âThis committed listening process ultimately led to a project that we are all delighted to see come to fruition and begin to have an impact on the students for whom it is intended. “
LPA Design Studios’ new college in northeast Austin
The school is currently known as “New college in northeast Austin.The design process involved extensive engagement with the district, teachers, and community stakeholders, including 16 campus architectural team meetings, four community meetings, and seven neighborhood new construction council meetings.
âThis school is the direct result of a wonderful process of working with educators and the community,â said Kate Mraw, LPA’s design director. âAISD really trusted the design team to develop an educationally innovative, environmentally friendly and contextually beautiful design. “
The campus has a capacity of 800 students and will focus on collaborative and flexible learning spaces. These include the outdoor spaces; collaborative discussion areas; and flexible, technology-rich spaces designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students.
The school will also maintain links with the wider Mueller community via wide sidewalks, community bike paths and a tree-lined entrance. The school will include a community hall, common dining room, library, gymnasium, athletics hall and a rooftop terrace intended to serve as community use facilities.
âThe design recognizes the importance of planning the campus as a city,â said Federico Cavazos, project architect at LPA. âOur experience in mixed-use developments has really helped us combine school and community goals. “
The campus designed to meet LEED Gold standards will feature solar-ready rooftops, sustainable and eco-friendly materials, and 100% recycled water for irrigation.
Construction began in August 2021 and is expected to be completed by fall 2023. AISD and LPA have also partnered with Joeris General Contractors and Coleman Landscape Architects for the design-build process.