The North Richland Middle School Re-build replaces the 54-year old North Richland Middle School in four phases (original building constructed in 1962). The first phase of the project entails demolishing the campus’ existing athletic fields and erecting construction fencing around the footprint of the impending new structure. The second phase involves construction of the new (replacement) middle school. Next, contractors will remove all existing portable buildings from the site and demolish the existing structure. And the fourth and final phase will be to construct new athletic fields and parking areas (in place of the old structure). The facility is designed to support 1,000 students in three grade-level small learning communities (SLCs). Each SLC includes its own administrative/teacher suite, as well as collaboration spaces for the entire grade level. All classrooms showcase abundant natural light and readily open to collaboration spaces. The learning commons serve as the center of activity for the campus. It is a two story space that opens up to an outdoor reading courtyard. It also showcases a maker space prominently located by the entrance to the commons. A state-of-the-art cafetorium also opens to outdoor learning areas.