Travis Science Academy
"With thousands of students
walking the halls, we needed
something that was not only
attractive, but extremely
Travis Science Academy, formerly Travis Middle School, has undergone a renovation in more ways than one. Through a bond election in 2011, several schools in the Temple Independent School District went through a restoration and re-branding process. SHW Group (now Stantec) was the architect for all of the projects while American Constructors served as construction manager at Travis.
Kent Boyd, the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations at Temple Independent School District, was charged with leading the improvements. “We flipped the school entrance from the east to the west which allowed us to add a new administration area, new library and a new secured double entry door. This double entrance created a great foyer space with a large blank wall. It was the perfect spot for a mural that could showcase the pride of being a Travis Science Academy Mustang.”
Another challenge was choosing a material with longevity in mind. “With thousands of students walking the halls, we needed something that was not only attractive, but extremely durable to withstand the wear and tear we typically see in school common areas. Wilsonart x You was the perfect solution.” Wilsonart® Laminate has always been a popular choice in educational applications because it is easy to install, maintain and replace if necessary. The mural was fabricated by Panel Specialists, Inc. (www.panelspec.com) in Temple, Texas. The Wilsonart custom laminate surface material is on a PSI Wall Panel System. The 20"x40" mural was made up of ten 4'x10' panels joined together with a minimal 1/16" reveal.
What surprised Boyd was how easy the process was. “We supplied a high resolution digital image and they gave us a dynamic and beautiful focal point that has generated positive feedback from both the students and the community.”
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