Integrated Approach Delivers Future-Ready Learning Hub for Denton ISD
The high school, named after Dr. Ray Braswell who served Denton Independent School District (Denton ISD) for 33 years, is located north of Dallas in Little Elm, Texas, and sits on 108 acres along the U.S. 380 corridor. The success story of the 532,000-square-foot Ray Braswell High School impresses in sheer scale, intricate planning and execution. More than a year and a half of planning and design, plus two and a half years of construction went into the delivery of this transformative learning facility.
Ray Braswell High School was one of the most complex and challenging projects Balfour Beatty's Texas education team has ever built, and its largest high school built to date.
Lean Construction Principles and Technologies
The use of Lean construction principles and technologies such as BIM360 Field, centralized digital document management, building information modeling, pull planning, and off-site manufacturing increased the project’s efficiency and reduced waste.
Leveraging these latest technologies and Lean practices enabled the team to optimize project success even in the face of multiple constructability challenges, a few examples include:
- Delay of 40% of the critical earthwork operations due to designated environmentally sensitive areas.
- Record-setting 100-year weather event with 183” of rain impacting critical path activities such as the foundation and underground building operations from slabs, on through structural steel and the crucial building envelope.
- The re-engineering and relocation of the project sanitary sewer to accommodate surrounding development growth, as well as the building of a newly engineered onsite lift station.
The project was highly collaborative, and Balfour Beatty provided superior services throughout the design, preconstruction and construction phases of the project. When issues or concerns were brought to the forefront, the project team worked together with all stakeholders to deliver sound business solutions which kept the project moving forward. By establishing a two-phase delivery schedule, reorganizing workforce and harnessing Lean construction methods, the project team was able to meet the district’s goals and bring their vision to reality.
Future Ready Learning Hub
Braswell High School includes numerous features to enhance education, such as outdoor learning spaces, large classrooms, a fine art and performing arts center, computer labs, an advanced science wing, a black box theater, and a state-of-the-art auditorium.
A future-ready learning hub, each of the school’s academic wings house several collaborative glass “huddle rooms” with writable wall surfaces and digital displays, closely mirroring corporate offices to help facilitate real-world presentation styles. These learning spaces allow students to work together on projects outside the classroom, and provide the flexibility necessary for students and faculty to generate big ideas and solve complex problems.
Additionally, the high school includes athletic areas with supporting field houses, a large commons area that hosts daily lunches and impromptu pep rallies, as well as separate traffic areas for students, parents and buses.
The facility opened with an initial 1,212 students, but was built to accommodate the area’s rapid growth with core facilities designed to serve 2,600 students. A focal point for the community along the 380 corridor, Ray Braswell High School not only serves Denton ISD, but is creating a culture of excellence that ties together the area’s neighborhoods, families, students, and local businesses through education.
ENR Texas & Louisiana recognized Balfour Beatty and Denton Independent School District’s Ray Braswell High School with a regional Best Project Award of Merit in the “K-12 Education” category. ENR Texas & Louisiana is a leading trade magazine dedicated to honoring the best construction projects across the states of Texas and Louisiana. The 2017 Best Projects competition judges received a total of 108 entries across all categories from which only 37 projects earned top nods.
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