Masterplan Teams with DISD after devastating Dallas tornado

Mar 11, 2020 | Dallas, Education, Lobbying and Economic Development, Residential Work Permits, Technical Consulting, Zoning

October 2019 brought many challenges for Dallas Independent School District. A tornado hit Walnut Hill Elementary School, Carey Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School, which created the challenge of relocating students attending these schools and developing a plan of action for the damaged schools. Thomas Jefferson and Walnut Hill were severely damaged, but not completely destroyed, while Carey Middle School was damaged beyond repair.

DISD made the decision to replace Carey Middle School with a new school that would house Pre-School through 8th grade; they also determined that Thomas Jefferson will be repaired and also improved with a brand-new addition. Construction of both projects is expected to begin January 2021 and be completed by August of 2022.

Masterplan has a long history of more than 20 years serving Dallas ISD, providing due diligence, zoning and permitting services for construction of a significant number of schools and other projects for the district.

While Masterplan President, Karl Crawley, says this short deadline will be difficult to meet, he firmly believes that Masterplan’s experience with both DISD and the city of Dallas has fully prepared us for the job. Masterplan is looking forward to serving the community by gaining approval for these repairs and improvements. We are eager to see how the city of Dallas bounces back from this adversity.

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