Frisco ISD’s 18th middle school will feature flexible learning spaces and fit into the architecture of surrounding buildings, according to a presentation by Corgan architects at a Sept. 13 school board meeting.

Middle School No. 18, which is currently unnamed, is expected to open in the fall of 2023 in northwest Frisco, adjacent to the PGA and just north of Panther Creek High School. Corgan architects are designing the school, which has a projected cost of $43 million.

Brett Sumrow, principal of education at Corgan, presented updates to the board that included proposed site plans and the visioning process for the school.

The district created a visioning committee that included representatives from operations, curriculum and instruction, and middle school principals to gather information about effective learning models and environments for students. The committee identified key elements that would be beneficial to the campus, which included flexibility, variety and outdoor learning spaces.

The proposed site plan is similar to the layout of Lawler Middle School, Sumrow said. It is set to feature floor-to-ceiling windows and classrooms that are connected to common spaces, such as the library.

The campus will also feature “innovation labs,” the new title for rooms previously dedicated to science classes. Sumrow said that the visioning committee noted that many science labs had vacant periods during the day in which they could be utilized for other classes that need makerspaces and hands-on work stations.