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.
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.