2015 — Lake Travis Middle School

Lake Travis ISD—Lake Travis Middle School

The New Lake Travis Middle School is a 1,200 student middle school campus based on 21st Century Learning techniques.


This project involved a special challenge: to design a 21st Century Learning model that could be applied to new construction (on a tricky piece of land) and to a remodel/expansion at an existing facility. Considerations included equity between campuses, speed of construction/conversion, green features, and overall cost. The finished projects were intended to be distinctive, with a real sense of place for the users.


This 1,200 student middle school campus is based on 21st Century Learning techniques. Five key concepts (differentiated instruction, student engagement, learning environment, collaboration and district culture) emerged during the design process. The resulting design is a very transparent building with flexibility, flow-out spaces, and destination spaces. Outdoor learning spaces connect with indoor learning spaces. Natural light and green features enhance the quality of the learning environment.


The goals stated above were fully considered and implemented in the design process, and considered as the project was scheduled and built. Our firm worked with the engineering, construction, and district teams to design and maintain strict schedules as this project had a time-certain opening.

Stars of Distinction Sustainability

Water wells, condensate & rainwater collection and low flow plumbing fixtures reduce water usage significantly. Energy efficient items include: double pane insulated low-E glass, lighting occupancy sensors, energy recovery technology and building automation systems. LED light fixtures are used extensively. The lighting design exceeds the energy code by 22% (interior) and 73% (exterior). Ecological themes are used to reinforce the building as a teaching tool: hydrology, geology, and flora/fauna.


The school was designed to lower maintenance and operational costs as much as possible. The green features and natural lighting allow for reduced energy and water consumption. Additionally, lockable partitions were designed into the building allowing the athletic, performing arts, and dining areas to be opened to community groups while the rest of the building is fully secured – a feature that has already been widely utilized.

School Transformation

When utilizing the indoor and outdoor community spaces, both students and faculty are encouraged physically, socially, and emotionally to connect with each other and the environment around them. The spaces are open, well-lit, and often surrounded by noticeable green features that speak to concepts of conservation.

Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner