Community

The authenticity, relevancy and the context of place and function are unique considerations for each project. Describe how this project reflects, defines, and creates a sense of place in context of its location and function.

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.

Athens ISD—Athens High School

Athens ISD—Athens High School

Through a combination of new construction and renovation, this project re-brands and extends the life of the District’s flagship high school. In keeping with the District’s vision of “Igniting Potential–Inspiring Success” this project touches all student programs. From new science labs and classrooms, an enlarged commons, expanded CTE spaces, new competition gym, and an updated stadium and new Field House, this campus will serve, ignite, and inspire current and future students for decades.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Matzke Elementary School

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Matzke Elementary School

This project represents the replacement of an existing elementary school, requiring occupants to relocate during construction. Architects were challenged with integrating key elements that would revitalize the strong sense of pride and tradition associated with the original campus. The new school embraces modern-day pedagogy and the flexibility required to support Next Generation learning.

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 a 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 the 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.

Dimmitt ISD—Richardson Elementary

Dimmitt ISD—Richardson Elementary

This 79,874 s.f. new elementary school is designed to offer educators and 660 students spaces that respond to their diverse educational needs. The students are separated into 6 learning neighborhoods: Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades in one “community” and 3rd, 4th and 5th grades detached but in another community. Each community is designed to give younger and older age groups a sense of place. Flexible and adaptable classroom arrangements surround a collaborative hub.

Garland ISD—Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

Garland ISD—Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

To create an education center that supports the local community and advances student opportunity, the new Career and Technology Center (CTC) was envisioned adjacent to a major highway, signifying the important impact on the community. The building promotes professional environments with a focus on real-world application, featuring makerspaces, collaborative, and experimental learning zones. The seamless integration of simulated learning areas creates a cohesive and modern learning environment.

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.

Godley ISD—Godley High School

Godley ISD—Godley High School

In a rural setting, the new high school stands as an icon of growth, progression, and community. The school embodies a vision of personal and collaborative learning and a deep connection to shared and communal experience. At 120,068 sf, the school incorporates academic and core requirements for 700 students. The building is arranged around the Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) and is used for instruction, socialization, dining, group assembly and serves as their library.

Highland Park ISD—University Park Elementary School

Highland Park ISD—University Park Elementary School

Schools in this district date back to the early 20th century & are cherished by residents, with many children attending the same schools their parents did. This is the first of 3 elementary school replacements aimed at addressing aging facilities & population growth in the district. The demolition of the existing campus & new campus construction on the existing 4-acre site was achieved in less than 16 months. The challenging site resulted in a 3 story building with an underground parking garage.

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 multi-use commons, outdoor courtyard, and age-appropriate amenities. All design elements tie directly into curriculum and professional learning.

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.