Design

Scale and relationship of spaces, use of materials, building organization and building flow, instructional function and educational appropriateness are elements of design excellence. Describe how the design enhances and supports the learning experience.

Alief ISD—Alief Center for Advanced Careers

Alief Center for Advanced Careers

The Center for Advanced Careers (the Center) immerses learners in “real-world” workforce activities via flexible learning studios that emulate today’s work environments. By exposing students to their career pathways (& ability to earn professional accreditations), students are motivated & inspired to work towards their future, whether that leads to higher education or entering the workforce.

Allen ISD—Becky Lowery Freshman Center

Allen ISD—Becky Lowery Freshman Center

To accommodate the growing needs of their community, alleviate over-crowding, and provide a state-of-the-art learning environment, the one-high school district envisioned a new freshman center. The facility is tailored to ease the transition of students from their neighborhood middle school into the existing 6,000-student high school. Built on the same site as the existing school, it leverages existing amenities and maximizes the district resources, while increasing student opportunities.

Austin Community College—San Gabriel Campus

Austin Community College—San Gabriel Campus

The College has a history of starting new campuses in unique places. Its first campus, opened in 1973, was made from an abandoned all-black high school. The latest campus before this one was created in an empty shopping mall. This campus, on former ranch land at a new light rail stop, will begin a new community that includes, not only a college campus, but also a High School, a YMCA, a Civic Center, a Civic Plaza, and direct connections to surrounding planned urban growth and natural assets.

Brock ISD—Brock Elementary School

Brock ISD—Brock Elementary School

An all-new 21st Century school designed to facilitate this District’s Next Generation learning. Initially grades PK–2, expanding in future to PK-4. Secure glass-enclosed Reception area overlooks the main entrance and entrances to the Gymnasium and Cafeteria. Cafeteria opens to the Library, main corridor, outdoor courtyard, and playground. Classrooms in each grade area are grouped around open Collaboration spaces, instead of corridors, to facilitate multiple activities and varied learning styles.

Comal ISD—Pieper Ranch Middle School

Comal ISD—Pieper Ranch Middle School

As one of the fastest-growing districts in the nation, this community is experiencing the challenges of transitioning from rural to suburban. With this in mind, the district needed a middle school that would be flexible in use and purpose. The open and collaborative result can evolve with the changing needs of instruction and increasing student enrollment. A 70-foot change in grade led to a terraced, circular layout around a busy, activity-filled courtyard that serves as a town square.

Dallas ISD—Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham

Dallas ISD—Solar Preparatory School for Girls at James B. Bonham

  • 2 story Addition/Renovation to existing 1923 structure with connecting atrium
  • All-girls STEAM Academy features exploratory academic spaces, learning stairs for informal/group education & transparent spaces with sliding glass doors for learning on display
  • PBL/Maker spaces, Robotics, Science & Art, open into communal areas
  • Outdoor areas offer out-of-the-box education
  • Project includes a tornado shelter incorporated into the design of the cafetorium, with overhead rolling doors
Dickinson ISD—Kranz Junior High School

Dickinson ISD—Kranz Junior High School

Regional growth drove the need for new junior high. Design responsive to active learning curriculum, stem & community multipurpose usage. Campus organized around a centralized learning courtyard for increased outdoor learning. Full-service auditorium programmed into building due to local community being completely void of multi-purpose gathering venues. Open concept media center reduces overall environmental footprint by providing a “community of learning” through shared spaces & resources.

Georgetown ISD—Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

Georgetown ISD—Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

The project is an adaptive re-use of a historic and iconic 1924 building. Formerly a high school, junior high and elementary school, today, it is the district’s center for leadership and learning. It focuses wholly on adult learning, redefining the look, feel and purpose of training space. The design is rooted in the district’s Learner Profile, emphasizing choice and voice. It draws on context and innovation, maintaining building integrity while creating progressive learning environments.

Houston ISD—Energy Institute High School

Houston ISD—Energy Institute High School

HISD Energy Institute High School is the first school in the nation with a school-wide theme of Energy. Energy Institute High School’s (EIHS) vision for learning goes far beyond that of a traditional high school. Students at EIHS will participate in authentic project-based learning that enables them to take ownership of their education. Learners will develop essential soft skills that will prepare them for the landscape of alternative energy, geoscience, and off-shore technology careers.

Judson ISD—Escondido Elementary School

Judson ISD—Escondido Elementary School

The new elementary school was designed for learners born and raised in the digital age who expect instant access to the world: the iGen student. The compact, two-story floor plan comprises identical hubs infused with vibrant colors and graphics to aid in wayfinding as well as a variety of spaces that extend beyond the classroom to foster collaborative learning environments. The energy-efficient design serves as a textbook for the students and community to learn about sustainable practices.

Lone Star College—Westway Park Technology Center

Lone Star College—Westway Park Technology Center

The Technology Center is a satellite campus strategically located in one of the largest business hubs in Texas. The campus provides an environment for collaborative learning and promoting aspects of STEAM-based programs. The program was designed to provide digital and visual training for young students and professionals in a joint environment. Corporate partnerships and collaboration create a professional environment to learn, create, present and grow skills in the world of technology.

Magnolia Montessori for All

Magnolia Montessori for All

Located in the historically disadvantaged, underserved community, the school serves as the first public Montessori school in Austin, TX. In place of the traditional single building, the design team conceived a village with intimately-scaled classroom buildings for its 500 infant-6th grade students. Each building cluster encircles a central courtyard where students from its respective learning community, while a common walkway—or village ‘main street’—that navigates over 30 feet of grade change.

Manor ISD—Lagos Elementary School

This school is designed to support the District’s project-based learning & sustainability objectives. This Net Zero Energy design goal incorporates sustainable features. Learning Neighborhoods are organized by grade & supported by breakout spaces. Transparency in spaces creates a “Learning on Display” environment that allows supervision between traditional & flexible learning. The core of the building is the cafeteria, gym & library that can be used for community functions outside school hours.

Mansfield ISD—Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners

Mansfield ISD—Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners

The new 54,340 sf early learning academy brings museum-level engagement to the school environment. It is 100 percent hands-on learning, incorporating vibrancy and delight into this uniquely defined space. The school is arranged into four pods, each with four interactive learning experiences. The pods also contain a multi-use commons, outdoor courtyard and age-appropriate amenities. All design elements tie directly into curriculum and professional learning.

Pasadena ISD—Pomeroy Elementary School

Pasadena ISD—Pomeroy Elementary School

“The new school is a replacement Vanguard Magnet, LEED Silver, 21st Century learning environment that consolidates 900 elementary students from an outdated building and multiple temporary structures into 110,830 sf. The Vanguard program teaches leadership skills at all grade levels and instills a sense of ownership in the building and the programs by the students. Spaces are designed to accommodate this curriculum and adapt as new technologies and teaching methodologies emerge.”

Round Rock ISD—Nature to Neighborhood Studio

Round Rock ISD—Nature to Neighborhood Studio

With financial and inspirational support to create “Destination Schools” within the district, leaders at one elementary school with a unique location and story chose to become the school for enrichment and the environment. Perched on a bluff overlooking a 30,000-acre national wildlife refuge, campus leadership began developing environments that support their vision. Here students interact with nature on a daily basis with surprising and positive outcomes.

Ysleta ISD—Thomas Manor Elementary School

Ysleta ISD—Thomas Manor Elementary School

Replacement of two underutilized and aging schools with a single new campus to serve 1,142 students in a state-of-the-art facility.