La Vernia Intermediate School La Vernia ISD | La Vernia, TX

La Vernia Intermediate School is situated on a naturally sloping terrain in between existing primary school and high school campuses. The factors impacting the site development included relieving traffic congestion along a busy adjacent public road, flood control and terrain. As a response, the building was kept to a small footprint and was placed on higher ground in close proximity to the existing primary school.

The exterior of the building features a varied and vibrant masonry color scheme as well as a crisp, contemporary porch form to signify entry points. The floor plan is characterized by a two-story academic block separated from the rest of the building by a monumental ramp and stairway area. The major spaces are arranged around a wide main street with noisy programs such as the gym and cafeteria on one side and the administrative area and library on the other side. The two-story academic block serving third-fifth grade utilizes an inner-loop spun off the main street to increase plan efficiency. The main street incorporates a series of ramps to allow the building to drop down and follow the slope of the natural terrain. The result is a very compact footprint that makes for shorter trips for students to everyday activities and is easily monitored by staff.

+ Master planning was completed by IBI Group for this district.

“IBI Group provided bond planning services to La Vernia ISD, resulting in a successful bond referendum that included a new intermediate school, addition and renovations to the junior high school, addition and renovations to the primary school and a new districtwide auditorium/gymnasium complex.”

—Mark French, Director | US Deputy Education Lead | Senior Principal
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