Arlington ISD joined with BRW Architects to address major modifications to an existing junior high school originally built as Bowie High School in 1973. The school’s function changed to a junior high school in 1984. The early programming stages included community members and key district staff to transform the new junior high school, combining Hutcheson Junior High, a neighboring campus, into the Workman campus. The new facilities will include 12 new flexible classrooms, two new science labs, a number of collaboration spaces, a secured central administration | entry, and an enlarged Dining and Kitchen facility to address the student population consolidation. The newly renovated Workman campus shares existing land area with a new elementary school. Access to the schools, traffic patterns, and pedestrian site circulation were priorities that BRW Architects addressed.
The complex site was designed to provide clear separation to accommodate teacher parking, separate bus lanes, hard-scaped edges for parent drop off and a promenade entry plaza for a defined entry point to the large campus. The major classroom addition is sited to enhance the public elevations along the main roadway, Arbrook Street. A large expansive curtain wall façade is in contrast to the 1970’s brick massing, allowing natural light to enhance the daily experience within the new classroom addition. The new design gives the Workman campus a new public identity and a visual connection to the community around the campus.