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Institutional | JEAN MCCLUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL – FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Reaching High W hen planning the construction of a new school, a school district’s primary focus is to ensure the building is structured to encourage students’ best performance. This was the desire of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) in Texas when it was planning the construction of the Jean McClung Middle School. But it also wanted to create a school building that itself would be high-performing. FWISD achieved its goal for the school’s structure through a focus on environmental sustainability, and as a result, the Jean McClung Middle School is the first high-performance school of its kind built in Texas. Program manager AECOM, general contractors Turner Construction and Con-Real, and WRA Architects Inc. worked together to deliver a project that met the district’s plans and standards. “The FWISD Board of Education approved a Sustainability Design Policy in 2007, the first in the state of Texas for an independent school district,” AECOM Deputy Director Danilo Lopez said in a statement. “Designing and building high-performance schools is the initial step in the district’s roadmap toward leaving a legacy of green, healthy and safe environments for our students and communities. Ultimately, the goal is to continue to bring sustainable practices into the district’s operations and in every aspect of doing business.” During preconstruction of Jean McClung Middle School, the FWISD Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Department worked with AECOM, the contractors and architect as part of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Committee (CHPS). CHPS has developed design criteria for sustainable schools in Texas that call for the creation of: • Learning environments that are naturally lit and thermally comfortable, because the committee believed these environments promote higher student achievement, attendance and teacher retention; • Buildings that are easy to maintain and employ design, construction and operational strategies that minimize waste, air and water pollution, and result in lower long-term operational costs; and McClung »Jean with a lotMiddle School was built of windows to take advantage of day lighting. FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOCUSES ON BUILDING HIGH-PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS. Jean McClung Middle School – Fort Worth Independent School District • Construction cost: $34.4 million • Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Scope: A 162,000-square-foot, high-performance middle school guidelines for architects, engineers and general contractors working on school projects,” AECOM says. “In support of its objective to become one of the United States’ best urban school districts, FWISD – the third-largest district in Texas – initiated a $593.6-million bond program in 2007. A major component of the program was the creation of high-performance schools.” ‘A Great Benefit’ With the sustainability criteria established, the project moved forward. The location of Jean McClung Middle School is on 12 acres at the site of the former Handley High School, built in 1922. FWISD says WRA Architects examined photographs of the old school, studied the church across the street and spent a lot of time in Fort Worth’s Handley neighborhood to see the historic buildings and get inspiration for the design. “We know this school will be a great benefit to the community,” Interim Superintendent Walter Dansby said in a statement. “We’re very “We know this school will be a great benefit to the community.” –Walter Dansby, interim superintendent • Initiatives that foster partnerships with federal, state and local organizations that are committed to green and healthier policies. “Under AECOM's guidance, FWISD developed and adopted a long-term sustainability design policy, making FWISD the first school district in Texas to institute formal sustainability 26 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
Last Look

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