Project Updates

RWB team joined Cadence McShane Construction, Perkins & Will, and Richardson ISD for the groundbreaking of our newest project, Lake Highlands Middle School on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The middle school will be located next to Lake Highlands Junior High at 10301 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, and is the first school construction for the district since 2014. The new Lake Highlands Middle School will feature a 249,000-square-foot, 3-story middle school that includes an ICC-500 rated community tornado shelter.  The project is a replacement for the existing Lake Highlands Junior High School that was originally built in the 1960s.

Lake Highlands Middle School Groundbreaking

The facility will utilize a 4-pipe chilled and heating water system for the majority of the 3-story portion of the school and Roof-Top AC units for the majority of the athletic and other specialty areas.  The facility will have a STEM lab centrally located on the first level of the facility which will include a mechanical room with full height windows to allow students to see the mechanical system serving the first floor of the facility and thus allow instructors to discuss these systems in their curriculum.

The project is a multi-year phased project that was made possible by the ability to design and build the facility in a largely unused portion of the field next to the school, which allows the new facility to be built while keeping the existing facility in use until the new facility is complete. The school is expected to open in August 2024 and will house up to 1,500 students in grades 6-8.

The Architect of Record is Perkins & Will and the General Contractor is Cadence McShane.

The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Design Excellence Awards recognize the highest quality and achievement in interior design, and honor the creativity and innovation of the best of Texas and Oklahoma designers. The Collin College Wylie Campus was named the winner of the Design Excellence Award for Education Research (Design). We’re thrilled to see our colleagues at Page recognized for their hard work on this innovative design with this honor. RWB Consulting Engineers served as the MEP Engineering consultant on this higher education project.

This design project included three separate occupied buildings and a standalone central utility plant across 350,000 square feet. The project was designed and coordinated in Revit MEP. Keep reading about our MEP design on the Collin College Wylie Campus.

We treat every higher education project with the same level of accuracy, detail, and attention required to win awards. If you would like to speak with one of our principals about your next campus project, please contact us.

In late December, the construction team responsible for the Southwest Airlines Wings aviation project was honored with an industry award.  

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. took home the prize for the 2019 Distinguished Building Award presented by the Construction Industry Association/TEXO. This project beat out competition from other massive projects, competing the category of buildings with construction costs in excess of $75 million.

Criteria for the award included:

  • Difficulty in construction
  • Original construction techniques involved
  • Final appearance
  • Quality of the finished product
  • Timeliness of the project’s completion

RWB is proud to be a part of the design team for this award-winning aviation project.

About the Project: SWA Wings Complex

Southwest Airlines recently built a new, 865,000 square foot building complex just southwest of the Dallas Love-Field Airport. This enormous multi-building facility includes several unique features, including:

  • Four-story Flight Training Center to improve and expand pilot training
  • Six-story office facility including modern amenities and layout for SWA employees
  • A 1950-space parking garage for plenty of capacity
  • A pedestrian sky bridge spanning 400 feet connecting the new building to the existing SWA campus

The project broke ground in spring 2016. Construction was completed two years later in spring 2018.  

RWB Consulting Engineers: MEP Engineering for Award-Winning Aviation Projects

At RWB, one of our core areas of expertise is aviation projects, including flight training academies, flight simulators, airports, office buildings, and hangars. Because of our long history with the airline industry, we are well-versed in every airline’s standard of engineering design and construction.

We treat every air transportation project with the same level of accuracy, detail, and attention required to win awards. If you would like to speak with one of our principals about your next aviation project, please contact us.