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.

Anna ISD—Coyote Stadium Renovation

Total renovation of stadium for growing rural community. New Press Box with elevator and open-air covered video deck. Press Box has separate viewing rooms for Home and Visitor coaches, timer/announcer, radio/press, and two spectator rooms for dignitaries and event hosting. Concessions was enlarged. New field events components; additional parking (artificial field turf, and track are recent and remain). Stadium lighting has web-based control and mobile app; coaches control/monitor stadium lights.

Brock ISD—Brock Elementary School

Brock ISD—Brock Elementary School

An all-new 21st Century school designed to facilitate this District’s Next Generation learning. Initially grades PK–2, expanding in future to PK-4. Secure glass-enclosed Reception area overlooks the main entrance and entrances to the Gymnasium and Cafeteria. Cafeteria opens to the Library, main corridor, outdoor courtyard, and playground. Classrooms in each grade area are grouped around open Collaboration spaces, instead of corridors, to facilitate multiple activities and varied learning styles.

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.

Crandall ISD—Crandall High School Expansion

A 43,000 SF classroom addition increasing the school’s total capacity from 900 to 1,350 students and a 3,000 SF cafetorium expansion with a new outdoor plaza and pre-function gathering space increasing the Performing Arts facilities. This expansion facilitates Next Generation learning with collaboration areas, large overhead glass doors, enhanced technology, flexible space, and flexible furniture. CTE facilities include Culinary Arts, Interior Design, and Medical Science spaces.

Crandall ISD—Hollis T. Dietz Elementary School

A new school on a new site in a fast-growth neighborhood. The project palette employs design elements from the new subdivision including natural stone and standing seam metal roofing. Features include multi-purpose and shared-use areas within the instructional zones. Designed as a 21st Century learning environment, the school also includes many Sustainable Design features making it highly energy-efficient. Every classroom has natural daylight, with skylights used in the interior zone classrooms.

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.

Lancaster ISD—Obama Ninth Grade Center

Major renovation to convert a 30-year old elementary school into a modern learning environment for 21st Century high school freshmen. The makeover provides a stimulating collegiate atmosphere that helps students transition from middle school to high school to college and career. The old Cafetorium was transformed into a new Commons to be a central connector to all major areas of the school. Large glass overhead doors facilitate spontaneous collaboration and more interaction between students.

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—Lanny Frasier Middle School

A new middle school for 1200 students, including an 1800 seat football/track stadium. The two-story classroom building is organized to provide individual core-classroom communities for each of the 3 grades served. Shared spaces include a light-filled Media Commons and adjacent Cafeteria, both fronting on a central Courtyard; rehearsal spaces for Band, Choir, and Orchestra, separate Gymnasiums for competition and practice, and a large locker room building constructed as an EF-5 Tornado Shelter.

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite High School Addition/Renovation

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite High School Addition/Renovation

The site is a registered Historic Landmark. Project goals were to honor the school’s historic character, create Next Generation learning spaces, provide technology-intensive Collaboration Areas and a Technology Bar, upgrade instructional areas to current TEA standards, increase capacity for growth, provide an EF-5 Tornado Shelter, and eliminate portables. The project includes new sky bridges and improved circulation, giving students smoother, secure connections with the rest of the campus.

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 Addition

This signature addition is situated on a highly visible and significant part of this large high school campus. On the last remaining large open space, the school’s iconic “Front Lawn,” the building form was carefully crafted to honor its prominent view and accentuate the large campus lake it faces. Next Generation learning spaces for Math and Engineering with wide views of the lake, several Collaboration Areas, and a shaded Outdoor Learning area. A serrated design allows due-North-facing glass.

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.

Van Alstyne ISD—Bob and Lola Sanford Elementary School

District’s second elementary a new concept, the product of District-wide collaboration. Major goals were to enhance Next Generation learning, technology access throughout, flexible learning environments, and natural light. Grades PreK-1 are on the ground floor, grades 2-5 upstairs. Includes landscaped courtyard for outdoor learning activities. Classrooms are secured from night activities in Cafetorium, Library, and Gymnasium. Zig-zag corridor walls create break-out spaces adjacent to classrooms.