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.

Deer Park ISD—Deer Park High School North Campus

Deer Park ISD—Deer Park High School North Campus

The High School campus has a rich history and the site is composed of a series of additions over the past 86 years. These additions eventually formed a sprawling facility. The renovation successfully realized the unification of spaces, the modernization of function and learning, and the reduction of its ecological footprint. Elements of the building were preserved and incorporated in unique ways to help join the architectural past with its inspiring academic future.

Gatesville ISD—Gatesville Elementary

Gatesville ISD—Gatesville Elementary

At the heart of the campus is a century old oak, a piece of history that was integrated into an instructional environment that represents a cross-section of past and future. From the oak, grew a learning courtyard that inspires exploration and connectivity. The newly constructed school surrounds the oak, framing a modern learning environment with classical architecture, a nod to historic roots while providing the opportunity to nourish a 21st century learning experience.

Harts Bluff ISD—Harts Bluff Middle School “The Bridge”

Harts Bluff ISD—Harts Bluff Middle School “The Bridge”

The scope for this transformational school included creating a master plan to support their vision of a comprehensive K-12 campus. It also included designing a new Middle School addition with renovation work to the existing school exterior that aligned with the new building architecture. Interior renovation work of the existing school included replacement of select finishes in corridors. The goal was to design interior spaces that supported their current project based curriculum.

Houston ISD—Bellfort Early Childhood Center

Houston ISD—Bellfort Early Childhood Center

Kirksey designed the 44,000-sf renovation of an existing Houston ISD facility to serve 350 students as an early childhood care center. The challenge was to take what was originally constructed as a medical facility and make it a place that is safe and fun for small children. The school had extensive renovations to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Kirksey focused on designing spaces that significantly improved the learning environment.

Lewisville ISD—Griffin Middle School

Lewisville ISD—Griffin Middle School

This 181,000-square foot, 1,000-student middle school replaces a 40+ year old campus. It was strategically constructed on the same site without interrupting school operations. The new design abandons all preconceived notions of traditional school environments by showcasing abundant group learning settings, as well as small learning communities that prioritize individual academic strengths. The program includes arts, culinary and robotics, as well as fine arts and a unique learning hub.

Midland ISD—Ralph Bunche Elementary

Midland ISD—Ralph Bunche Elementary School

A Sustainable project designed for maximum long-term cost-efficiency and the full complement of the District’s new 21st Century learning features. The project replaces an old school with an all new building that boasts collaborative teaching areas, special-purpose and multi-function spaces, and shared community-use spaces. Each grade level has its own large Collaboration Area adjacent to its classrooms, and large glass walls enable teachers and staff to monitor multiple areas simultaneously.

Northwest ISD—V.R. Eaton High School

Northwest ISD—V.R. Eaton High SchoolNew comprehensive high school for 2500 students, with an attached Indoor Activity Center and athletic facilities (baseball field, softball field, tennis courts, two practice fields, and competition track).  Within the school there are two academies with a curriculum focus; the Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Aeronautics and Aviation Sciences.

Tyler ISD—Career & Technology Center

Tyler ISD— Career & Technology Center The Tyler Career Technology Center supports the district high schools where core classes and athletics are held. Two 400 student sessions are accommodated per day. Career pathways emulating real-world environments and STEM curriculum include Business & Industry, Technology, Arts & Hospitality, Healthcare and Public Service.