Location:Completed: 2019 Architect: Jackson & Ryan Architects
Construction began on the 100,000-sf expansion project for River Oaks Baptist School in November 2018. The project includes a new middle school building, underground parking garage, and leadership center. The new four-story Keith and Alice Mosing Middle School features an advanced robotics lab, large maker space, dedicated music rooms for instrumental and choral groups, visual arts studios, and science labs. An added and exciting bonus is that the middle school will have a state-of-the-art performance space with retractable seating in the Petersen Blue Box Theater. Underneath the middle school will be a 150-space parking garage designed to improve traffic flow and maximize green space. In recognition of Susan and Fayez Sarofim, The Sarofim Leadership Center will become the new main entrance to the school and administrative wing. “We believe children become stronger thinkers when they are active learners. The new building will be a mecca of active learning space where our kids can build robots, get messy in a workshop, problem-solve in group settings, or rehearse for a performance,” said Head of School Leanne Reynolds. The project will ultimately allow the school to increase its student population by about 10 students per grade level and decrease the student-teacher ratio in classrooms.