High School - CTE/STEM/VPA/STEAM - Education

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual and Performing Arts – Fort Worth ISD

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual and Performing Arts – Fort Worth ISD

  • Size: 65,000 SF
  • Number of students: 800
  • Services provided: Full service planning, architecture and interior design
  • Project type: New construction
  • Designed to meet CHPS Design Criteria
  • Design competition winner
  • TASA/TASB Star of Distinction (2019)
  • Best of K-12 Education: ENR Texas & Oklahoma (2019)
  • Project of the Year: Construction Management Association of America, North Texas Chapter (2019)

Created by students in collaboration with local artists.

The I.M. Terrell STEM and VPA Academy is a renovation of an existing facility into a modern, performance hall that honors and elevates the campus' heritage. Opening in 1910 as the first black high school in Fort Worth, I.M. Terrell's design highlights the history of the school and alumni. Critical design pieces include an overarching canopy that shades an outdoor collaboration space, dedicated museum space, and a custom mosaic. The 900-seat performance hall includes excellent sound quality and theater systems for patrons. Performers of the 4,900-square-foot stage have dedicated dressing rooms and warm-up rooms. The facility provides two ensemble rooms, ten practice rooms, and six instructional spaces for the academy to achieve its vision of developing and nurturing artistic talent, creative thinkers, and innovative problem solvers who will become the next generation's leader. Some of the facility’s most unique offerings include a makerspace, a piano lab, a recording and editing studio, a jewelry-making space, and an instrument repair lab, all of which are available to students. Outdoor project and storage areas are adjacent to the art studios, and a second-floor balcony overlooks downtown Fort Worth. Musicians utilize a central courtyard for their music to be heard across the whole campus. The academy will continue to honor the past, inspire the community, and elevate talent for years to come. To watch a video about the visioning session follow this link.