Ysleta ISD selected PSC to design a classroom building addition for a sixth through eighth-grade middle school. The programming and schematic design phases involved key stakeholders from the school district and the design team to gather the educational and facility requirements and implement them on the design.

The classroom building addition was required to be two stories with a minimum of 37,000 square feet to accommodate an additional 570 students. The school addition includes twenty classrooms, including four science classrooms with a shared laboratory and storage area.

The 17.4-acre site is located within the South Parkland Subdivision in Northeast El Paso. The site work includes expansion of an existing main parking lot, relocation of a fire apparatus road, and the addition of a storm drainage system to alleviate flooding between the building addition and track field. Sidewalk and handicap ramps were provided to maintain access from the new building addition to the gym and track field. Xeriscaping was used for its appeal of being low maintenance and low water consumption. The accent color burnished block and composite metal panels tie in with an earlier colorful kitchen/cafeteria and gymnasium addition while the field color burnished block connects to the more modest original building. The structural system is a combination of structural steel framing and load-bearing concrete masonry units. The roofing system is a multi-ply roof system with metal roofing accented over the addition’s main entry.

The construction of the 37,963-square-foot school began in mid-October 2010 and was ready for student occupancy at the beginning of the school year in August of 2011.