I.M. Terrell VPA & STEM Academy, Fort Worth ISD
Fort Worth ISD
Project of the Year: Construction Management Association of America, North Texas Chapter
ENR Texas & Louisiana, Best of K-12 Education
TASA/TASB Exhibit of Architecture - Star of Distinction: School Transformation
Topping Out - Design Award
Enhancing education through a celebration of heritage.
The STEM and Visual and Performing Arts Academy transforms a historic facility into a state-of-the-art performance hall that honors and elevates the campus’ heritage. The academy is a destination for students with passion for the arts and STEM and a signature performance venue for the city. The existing building and the new 63,000-square-foot performing arts center are connected by a secure courtyard and Grand Canopy. Set atop a hill, the school is a gateway for the district and the community. The synergy of programs allows for cross-collaboration to nurture artistic talent, creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers.
Expanding a Historic Footprint
Opened in 1882 as the first African American school during racial segregation, the transformation revitalized and repurposed an under-utilized facility.
No longer bound by segregation and limited resources, this inclusive academy provides opportunities for all students to craft a future of innovation and success.