Benbrook Middle School opened to students in August 2011. The $34 million dollar school was part of the $593.6 million bond package approved by voters in November 2007. It was constructed on 31 acres south of Westpark Elementary School, at 201 Overcrest Drive in Benbrook.
The 175,600-square-foot school features 6 academic core spaces, fine arts, life skills/special vocational programs, physical education, media center, administration and support facilities. The fine arts wing includes art rooms, a band hall, choir and drama rooms. Shared facilities include a 600-seat auditorium and competition gymnasium, a multi-purpose gymnasium and a cafeteria with a stage. Also on site: parking for 200 cars, a large bus drop-off area, and a hard surface play area with a 4-lane track and playing field.
The split-level design of the new school takes full advantage of the steep sloping site and offers an impressive three-story façade. The new middle school is also a Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified facility. One of the key components for CHPS Verified status is the geothermal water source for heating and cooling the entire facility.
The school was designed by VLK Artichitects, Inc., built by General Contractor Thomas S. Bryne, with AECOM serving as Program Manager.