Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School


Grand Prairie, TX


Completion: August 2009


Gate Precast Company


Grand Prairie Independent School District


Corgan Associates, Inc., Dallas, TX

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

59,425 SF - Shellstone Finish Architectural Precast

Architectural Precast Elements:

288 precast components:
Panel sizes varied from:
• 8' x 32'
• 9'6" x 20'
• 8' x 18'
• 13' x 25'
• 9'3" x 22'


PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) 2010 Design Award for Best School.
Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School
Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School
Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School
Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School
Grand Prairie ISD Dubiski Career High School

The $45 million  four-story, 260,000 square foot Career and Technology High School is located on a 23-acre site that is a very prominent structure that is visible for miles in either direction. The project exemplifies community collaboration to the fullest extent and is the result of years of planning and coordination. Once the architect was selected, they created a team consisting of developer, architect and CM. The CM brought subcontractors to the table. This process was successful in completing the entire project without a change order, on time and on budget.

Design Assistance:
The architect wanted an exterior that looked like large blocks of natural shell stone chiseled out of the ground and stood up in place. Gate worked with the architect to produce an innovative precast finish at a fraction of the cost. The process began trying to match a 6" x 6" piece of shell stone that the architect supplied. The architect was adamant that the finish be consistently inconsistent – a difficult concept for precasters who typically strive for consistency of finish. Gate’s approach to simulate Mother Nature was recognized as the 2010 Best School in PCI's Design Awards.

Precast was used on the south and west sides of the building to buffer highway noise for occupants and also provide thermal mass on those exposures.

Architectural Precast was chosen because of its ability to conform to an unlimited amount of design options including durability, sustainability (real shellstone fades over time), waterproofing and economy.

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