Planning

Planning is both a process and the articulation of design concepts.  Describe how the project’s mission, goals, educational program and implementation strategies were informed through a thoughtful planning and design process.

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.

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.

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
DeSoto ISD—Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

DeSoto ISD—Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

Due to the appeal of alternative educational options and a prolonged lack of growth in District class sizes, a set of project goals were established to focus on enhancing enrollment and driving daily attendance. From those goals, an elementary school program was established that would offer its students access to technology-based educational opportunities and expose them to science, tech, engineering, math and outdoor learning, proactively setting them up for success in fast-growing industries.

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. 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.

Manor ISD—Manor Senior High School

Manor ISD—Manor Senior High School

To address fast growth, the CTE Senior HS was ideated as a collegiate feel exclusively for all juniors and seniors as a means to uplift all students in the district. The design features an expansive College and Career Center in the primary entry to focus each day on the future. As the first-of-its-kind in central Texas, the CTE Senior High School allows students to graduate with a diploma and professional certifications/career training to support students’ transitions beyond high school.

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.