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Billy Earl Dade Middle School

Location

Dallas, Texas

Size

213,000 sq. ft.

Design Architect

Munoz & Company

Architect of Record

KAI

The Billy Earl Dade Middle School represents a pinnacle achievement in providing both exceptional educational space and environmental respect. The $36-million, three-story facility has many unique qualities.

Most significantly, it was designed to meet the environmental standards of the Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), the first green-building rating program developed specifically for K-12 schools. Standout features include 734 geothermal wells and a landscape irrigation system with moisture sensors and flow meters.

Due to the projects accelerated construction mandate, the building was completed in just 10 months. Innovation includes the introduction of a quick drying concrete that had not previously been used in Texas, which reduced the curing time by nearly 50 percent.

The school design has also served as a catalyst for community revitalization. It houses a public health clinic for the use of all area residents is open for public events and local sports activities.

Awards

ENR's 2014 Best of the Best

2014 TEXO Distinguished Building Award - Merit Award

2014 ENR Texas & Louisiana Best K12 Project