FORT WORTH, Texas – (Oct. 2021) – Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), a top national construction management firm and general contractor, and Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD), have completed expansion and renovation work at Benbrook Middle-High School (BMHS) in Benbrook, Texas.
Construction on the $15.7 million, 45,463-SF expansion/renovation project kicked off in November 2019 and wrapped up in August, before the start of FWISD’s 2021-2022 school year. Project planning officially began in November 2018 when FWISD and the project architect, LBL Architects, held a design charrette to get BMHS students’ vision on various new spaces for the school. The premium placed on student and community input ran throughout the life of BMHS’ expansion and renovations.
“This project can be summed up in one word: collaborative. From design and financing, to trade partner selections and construction, FWISD and the project team remained in constant communication with one another and the community,” said Terry Loreth, vice president for AP Gulf States. “Through various project scope changes, the deeply collaborative nature between all project partners enabled us to stay within budget and enhance a 10-year-old school that is now as good as new.”
The expansion comprised 37,679 in new square footage, including a new competition gymnasium with bleacher and dressing areas. The new space also includes a new fine arts addition for the school’s band, orchestra, and choir, as well as STEM classrooms and a collaboration space. Both the locker room facilities within the gymnasium and the band hall double as storm shelters. The 7,784 square feet of renovations were performed on existing spaces within the school and included an additional middle school parking lot.
“Benbrook Middle High School is a hybrid learning community serving both middle and high school students. The new additions and renovations allow for much needed 21st Century learning spaces to support CTE, Middle School Fine Arts, and Middle – High Athletics,” said Tara Grenier, design manager for Procedeo. “These much-needed improvements are a welcome addition to this growing campus.”
Benbrook Middle-High School originally opened to students in August 2011. The $34 million school was part of a $593.6 million bond package approved by district voters in November 2007.
AP’s recent notable North Texas school projects include Garland ISD’s Garland High School, Hudson Middle School, Abbett and Luna Elementary Schools; and Arlington ISD’s Arts and Athletics Complex, Arlington and Bowie High Schools and Ashworth Elementary School. AP is also currently constructing two projects for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio: the Marshall Law and Medical Services Magnet High School and a replacement building for Coke R. Stevenson Middle School.