WRA Architects

When you choose an architect, get to know the professionals you will be working with. By the time you make your decision, you may have found several firms with the experience and problem solving skills to qualify them to design your building. But then ask yourself, do they listen well? Do they have a good imagination? Do they communicate clearly and effectively, both visually and verbally? At WRA we employ people who have these skills AND are a pleasure to work with. We think that matters.

Castleberry ISD—Gary S. Jones Administration Building

The building, a 1938 WPA project in the Art Deco style, expanded in 1945, bears a Texas Historic Commission marker. After serving as an elementary school for 75 years, a replacement school was constructed next door and this building became the District’s Administration Building. Preserving the historical character of this early 20th Century building was a goal in this renovation. The old Cafeteria/Auditorium became the new Board Room and the entire building was updated to modern standards.

Fort Worth ISD—Washington Heights Elementary

A CHPS-Designed on-site replacement school on a tight urban site, one of this original school’s most unusual features is that it was underground because of a nearby airport. Many design challenges helped shape and locate the building on the small 4-acre site. Due to the tight site, the stormwater detention requirement was met using the void from the old school as an underground detention tank. The design solved airport noise and safety of the students and faculty during the construction period.

Mesquite ISD—Dr. Linda Henrie Elementary

Mesquite ISD—Dr. Linda Henrie Elementary

A new CHPS-Designed, Sustainable, 21st Century method school using Geothermal Technology. As the largest of the District’s several dozen elementary schools, stakeholders committed to maximizing the new building’s energy efficiency, both initial and long-term, and equipping the facility and its 1,000 students with provisions for the District’s 21st Century learning methods. Major design features include optimum solar orientation and a variety of flexible learning spaces throughout the school.

Mesquite ISD—Isaac Newton Range Elementary

A new Sustainable, 21st Century school replaces a 54-year old school on the same site. The old building had outlived its useful life, and total replacement was the most cost-effective long-term solution for accommodating the District’s learning methods and energy goals. The site abuts a City park; District and City worked together to trade sites. The new structure was constructed with school in session and no construction disruption. The old school was then demolished and became a new City park.

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite Memorial Stadium

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite Memorial Stadium

Total renovation of a 20,000-seat stadium. Major design goals were to modernize its appearance, construct a larger Pressbox to meet Texas 5A-6A requirements, and larger Locker Rooms. Finished project is 18,750 seats with larger Concourse, improved spectator access to Restrooms and Concessions, expanded Concourse-level viewing of the field, expanded Concessions queuing and serving, extensive media technology upgrades, upgraded security and better separation of performing students from spectators.

Midland ISD—Ralph Bunche Elementary School

Midland ISD—Ralph Bunche Elementary School

A Sustainable project designed for maximum long-term cost-efficiency and the full complement of the District’s new 21st Century learning features. The project replaces an old school with an all new building that boasts collaborative teaching areas, special-purpose and multi-function spaces, and shared community-use spaces. Each grade level has its own large Collaboration Area adjacent to its classrooms, and large glass walls enable teachers and staff to monitor multiple areas simultaneously.

Plano ISD—Plano East Senior High School Health Sciences Academy

Health sciences academy developed by the District with local community college. The facility provides state of the art training in many programs and awards college credit certifications in Health Information Management, Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Examiner, and others. Facility includes computer labs, hospital rooms, EMT apartment, Prosthetics, and Autopsy. Design includes full height glass between classrooms and corridors and multiple collaboration areas.

Sunnyvale ISD—Sunnyvale Middle School Next Generation

Bright, creative teachers played significant roles developing a vision, the Four C’s – Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking. Strategies: Ignite students’ enthusiasm; Foster collaboration between students and teachers; Multiple simultaneous learning activities. Workshops produced an uncommon architecture: Multiple spaces, flooded with North light, loosely connected by large garage doors, multiple configurations from small groups to large presentations to combined classes.

Tyler ISD—Moore Middle School & MST Magnet

Tyler ISD—Moore Middle School & MST Magnet

A middle school replacement building also housing the District MST Magnet school. The east and west wings of the building are the loud public spaces, creating a large courtyard. 21st Century and Sustainability features include shared-use collaboration spaces on each floor, sheltered outdoor learning spaces in the courtyard, enhanced acoustics in classrooms, windows in every classroom and work area, east-west orientation of the classroom wing minimizing heat load, and an Energy Management System.