Laura Bush Middle SchoolLubbock-Cooper ISD Lubbock, Texas
The new Laura Bush Middle School was designed to meet the needs of rapid growth in Lubbock-Cooper ISD. The facility was designed with clean lines and a harmonious earth tone color scheme that blends with the natural colors of the region. The brick colors are designed in bold, simple patterns for controlling the scale of this large building. The materials and color scheme are carried to the interior through the entrances to unify the exterior and interior. The main entrance is defined by a material change to mill-finish aluminum and accents of red glass in the lobby.
The school is organized into two wings around a central core containing the administration, media center and commons. The academic wing has 31 classrooms, three art rooms, nine science classroom/labs and three computer classrooms. This wing also houses the Life Skills facilities. A competition gym and practice gym with dressing facilities and a weight room are located in the second wing of the school. This also includes fine arts including band, theater/one-act play and choir facilities.
The two wings are separated by the main entrance, administration suite, library and student commons for dining. This core is intersected by two main corridors that tie the main plan elements together for a well-organized and economical plan.
A football practice field, tennis courts and the technology center building along with parking for visitors and staff share the 29-acre site. Staff parking, kitchen service and the bus drop off driveway are separated from visitor parking for safety and convenience.