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.

Arlington ISD—Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center

Arlington ISD—Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center

The school is organized by 18 academies which have large expanses of glass between the open collaboration spaces putting education on display. This idea of showcasing education in the various academies is intended to foster mutual enrichment between the different programs and expose students to careers they may have never considered for themselves, in a corporate campus environment

Bryan ISD—Sul Ross Elementary School

The new two-story elementary school infuses the elements of nature on the site into the educational learning spaces throughout the building. The existing grove of trees present on the north end of the existing building served as a launching point for the new design. An open concept for the learning commons as well as the introduction of open flexible spaces around the classrooms give immediate access both physically and visually to the rest of the school and to the courtyard.

Denton ISD—Rodriguez Middle School

The 176,000-square-foot Rodriguez Middle School amplifies freedom of choice through flexible environments and transparency to create successful, well-rounded learners. Each grade level is separated into its own classroom wing, including adaptive collaboration spaces and a learning stair, which can be used for small group projects, lecture seating or an independent study area.

Fort Worth ISD—Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School

The replacement elementary school for this urban school district consolidated 2 neighborhood schools. Through a series of community meetings the school district elected to build the replacement school adjacent to an underground school built in the ‘70s. The new school was designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and community leadership and was sited to maximize daylight, capture views of downtown, connect with the outdoors, and create a new identity for the community.

Georgetown ISD—Annie Purl Elementary School

A community invigorated the district’s learner profile with student attributes focused on skill building. Believing that excellence begins at the elementary level, they inspired a school that draws on local history and creates a fun, relationship-based campus. It replaces a facility built in 1953 and is designed to mimic nearby historic square. Within its walls, the foundation is being laid for long-term student success with assistance from a kinetic, purposeful and energizing design.

Georgetown ISD—George Wagner Middle School

Georgetown ISD—George Wagner Middle School

When you evolve the practice of instruction, you change the perception of what a school can be. A community with a clear vision, a passion for learning and a focus on trust led to a new middle school that is agile and exciting—a place that creates ripple effects of change for students, the profession of teaching and education. The 173,000 sf school maximizes function, with care toward form. It reinforces community and complements a purpose to make every day unique and experiential.

Grand Prairie ISD—Grand Prairie High School

After a years of makeshift additions and renovations, the district commissioned this project to create one unified campus: a destination for the community and a center for innovation and opportunity, with a clear identity and sense of place. Key to its success was the removal of hierarchical barriers and the creation of shared spaces that foster the social and creative skills required for success in today’s professions.

Houston ISD—Milby High School

Houston ISD—Milby High School

Houston Independent School District’s Milby High School is a new facility surrounding and preserving a 1926 historically significant structure. The design incorporates 40,000-sf of renovation with 227,000 sf of new construction. The building program incorporates eight CTE programs that focus on project based, hands-on and linked learning. Site amenities include baseball, softball, soccer, football and practice fields, tennis courts and a walking track along the perimeter.

Keller ISD—Keller Center for Advanced Learning

Seeking to create a career technology education center that would support the local community and advance student opportunity, an underutilized school was converted into the 190,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Learning. The building simulates a professional environment with a focus on real-world application, featuring maker spaces, collaborative and experimental learning zones. Seamless integration between renovated and new spaces creates a cohesive and modern learning environment.

Manor ISD—New Tech Middle School

This new middle school is part of the New Tech network, utilizing a Project Based Learning pedagogy. Discussions with the planning committee indicated that the design must accommodate a variety of group sizes and activities ranging from quiet, solo study to loud, group work. An open design will accomplish this flexibly, furnished with mobile tables, chairs and whiteboards. This is a new comprehensive, three-level school with a total area of 120,000 sf in phase one and 8,000 sf in phase two.

Southwest ISD—Southwest Legacy High School

2nd High School for District; focus on creating separate/strong school identity; CTE-integrated campus with a focus on STEM; shared site with middle school, designed and built concurrently;