Summer 2017

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ATPE NEWS 23 RALPH BUNCHE ELEMENTARY The Midland-Odessa area led the nation in population growth from 2010-15, according to the US Census Bureau, and Midland ISD is working to meet the needs of its growing student population. In 2015 alone, three new elementary schools were opened in the school district. Unlike the other two, Ralph Bunche Elementary was a rebirth. The new 92,000-square-foot facility was built on the site of the original namesake school. The new two-story school features collaborative teaching areas, special- purpose and multifunction spaces, and shared community-use spaces. DESIGN GOALS: Minimizing the facility's footprint: A compact two-story design on the small 9.5-acre site allowed for additional play fields and a new playground. Flexibility: The school has large collabo- ration spaces, and furniture and equip- ment are easy to move. Providing access to advanced technology: The campus has smart white boards, a strong wireless network, and handheld devices. Creating a positive atmosphere: The relax- ing color scheme is punctuated by loads of natural light. SPECIAL F EATURES : • Glass walls separate classrooms from community spaces • Grade levels have large collaboration spaces adjacent to standard classrooms • "Word wall" tribute to Ralph Bunche, complete with a translucent roof assem- bly that filters natural light down into first-floor classrooms 21ST-CENTURY LEARNING SPACES MIDLAND ISD Designed by WRA Architects and Pate & Associates Architects • Photos courtesy Scott Hales, PBL Studios

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