The 110,000-sq-ft Birdville Independent School District’s Center of Technology and Advanced Learning is a campus focused on innovations in learning and dedicated to technology and advanced.

The facility, set on nearly 15 acres, houses learning pods centered on industries such as culinary arts, engineering and construction technology. Students can gain learning experiences in real-life laboratory settings.

Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning, North Richland Hills
Photo: John Thomas

Through a series of mockups and pre-construction meetings with each trade, the level of quality was established. With the help of the architect and owner, the contractor–W.G. Yates & Sons–pushed the quality of construction beyond the norm.

For example, in the culinary arts area, ceramic tile is full height and exposed corners could be damaged by cart traffic or other exposures. Yates worked with HKS and Birdville ISD to offer a solution: the use of a stainless-steel corner bead at no additional cost. The fix was aesthetically pleasing and served the function.

Key Players

Submitted by: W.G. Yates & Sons Construction
Owner: Birdville ISD, North Richland Hills
General contractor: W.G. Yates & Sons Construction, Irving
Architect: HKS Inc., Dallas
MEP engineer: IEG, Grapevine
Civil engineer and landscape designer: Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Arlington
Structural engineer: Structural Engenuity Inc, Dallas
Electrical contractor: Morley Moss Inc., Sunnyvale
Mechanical and plumbing contractor: Hidalgo Industrial Services Inc., Fort Worth
Drywall and ceiling contractor: Vaden’s Acoustics and Drywall Inc., Blue Mound
Structural steel contractor: MMW Fabrication Ltd., Fort Worth
Earthwork contractor: Tri Dal Ltd. Southlake
Painting contractor: R.J.S. Painting Inc., Irving