MATHIS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mathis Independent School District
2011 Excellence in Construction
Associated Builders and Contractors, Central
Journeyman Construction overcame challenges with both rain and mud and delivered the first new middle school for the Mathis Independent School District in over 50 years two weeks ahead of their contractual completion date. The new one-story school building is built on a concrete structural foundation. The exterior wall system is a load-bearing masonry wall comprised of CMU back-up walls and a brick veneer/metal wall combination.
The 64,000 sf included 20 general classrooms, three science lab/lecture rooms, three computer labs, a science lab and a life-skills room. The school’s design integrated both the students and faculties needs at the very core of the school. The project architect designed the school so that courtyards, between the wings, provided natural daylight to all the classrooms and administrative areas. In addition to natural daylight, the school’s central courtyard, accessible from both the main lobby at the north and the bus and parent drop off on the south was specifically designed as a protected play area for students. The wings of the school were organized around a central core of major support spaces including the library, cafeteria, and administrative/clinic suite. Weather was a significant challenge on this project with the area experiencing record rainfall (in a previously very dry area) over the main portion of the building. The crew dealt with rain delays and mud and still managed to deliver the project ahead of schedule. The last month of the job brought drier weather, allowing the team to complete paving and other exterior work on the new school.