John T. White Elementary School opened to students in August 2011. The $11.8 million dollar school was part of the $593.6 million bond package approved by voters in November 2007. It was constructed on approximately 12 acres of undeveloped land just east of Loop 820 and north of Interstate 30, at 7300 John T. White Road in Fort Worth. The school was intended to serve the growing local community, and relieve overcrowding at nearby schools.
John T. White houses eight kindergarten classrooms, six first grade primary classrooms, 16 primary and intermediate classrooms, and two special education classrooms with a design capacity of 650 students.
The one-story facility addresses the prominent intersection with a welcoming ‘front porch’ that extends from the main entry and provides a protected gathering space. From this covered entry, the larger scaled public spaces are connected to form a vertical, light-filled lobby that links the Media Center, Cafeteria, Gymnatorium and Administration areas. The facility is sited to front the main street with a linear public facade that faces northward to allow for controlled natural light throughout.
A loading dock is located at the southeast corner of the building. The main parking lot is located east of the school building and future expansion is planned west of the school building.
The school was designed by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, built by general contractor Yates/3i Joint Venture, with AECOM serving as Program Manager.