Ann Richards Middle School
La Joya ISD

Muñoz & Company organized this 130,000 SF middle school as an educational village containing nine separate buildings:  an Administration and Library building; a Dance, Orchestra & Choral building; a Special Classrooms building; an Eighth Grade Classroom building; a Seventh Grade Classroom building; a Sixth Grade Classroom building; a Gymnasium; a Band Hall and a Cafeteria.

The firm clustered these buildings around a paved Plaza that is reminiscent of town squares common to the region.  The “human” scale of the Plaza is enhanced by a gazebo, trees and the use of color on building exteriors. Muñoz & Company’s use of a village concept also breaks from common, large-scale, institutional building forms and creates a human campus atmosphere.  The school’s Plaza serves as the focal point for community exchange, gathering and repose.

Honor Award; San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 2001
Honor Award; Texas Society of Architects, 2001

La Joya, Texas 

La Joya ISD

Firm’s Responsibility:

Prime Professional.

John H. Kell, FAIA

Project Manager
Manuel Hinojosa

Project Architect
John H. Kell, FAIA

Project Designer
John H. Kell, FAIA

Cultural Design
Henry R. Muñoz III

General Contractor
D. Wilson Construction

Description of Services
Architecture & Interior Design

Delivery Method:
Traditional Design/Bid

Design Start – Finish:
January – May 1999

Construction Notice to Proceed:
June 1999

Final Cost:
$9 Million

Project Size:
130,000 GSF

Substantial Completion:
August 1999

Construction Type:
New Construction

Occupancy Type:

MEP: HMG & Associates, Inc.
Structural: Hinojosa Engineering, Inc.
Civil: Hinojosa Engineering, Inc.
Landscape: Alexander Boedy Associates

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