Gainesville High School, Gainesville ISD

With plenty of land and funding from a public bond issue, the Gainesville Independent School District replaced its aging high school building with a new campus at a prominent site on Interstate 35. The 174,000-square-foot building is a single-story construction clad in red brick with white brick accents and full-height windows with metal awnings. Wings and corridors off the central rotunda lead to classrooms, gymnasium, cafetorium, kitchen, administrative offices, library, teachers’ workrooms, restrooms, storage rooms, mechanical rooms, and custodial and ancillary spaces. A separate 7,000-square-foot pre-engineered building houses vocational programs. The school was built to accommodate 600 students with room for growth by easy expansion at the ends of the classroom wings.