Salyards MS is a new model
With three stories, plenty of "flex" space for large-group instruction and dual gymnasiums on the second floor, the new Salyards Middle School, 21757 Fairfield Place Drive, has broken the mold on school construction in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.
Projected 2011-12 enrollment is 1,334. The school's capacity is 1,568.
According to district officials, the 244,418-square-foot building is a prototype developed by the Texas Collaborative for High-Performance Schools, which promotes design and construction as ways to improve energy efficiency and utilities savings and enhance student performance.
The Salyards' design uses natural lighting throughout the building, including in stairways. Sensors will monitor natural light and adjust electrical lighting accordingly to reduce energy use.
The construction cost was $30.3 million. The contractor is Purcell Construction Inc. Design was by SHW Group LLP.
The school mascot is the Bengal. School colors are orange and brown.
The school's three-story design reduces its footprint, a savings in site and foundation costs. Location of the competition and practice gyms on the second floor provided foundation cost savings. Less roofing area is expected to reduce solar heat exchange.
An interior courtyard provides an outdoor classroom, featuring solar-powered fans and a wind turbine among other features.
The school's open house is set for Sept. 8 for sixth grade and Sept. 15 for grades 7 and 8, both from 6:30-8:30 p.m.