School Transformation

School Transformation redefines the learning place in its nature, shape, character and/or form in new or renovated facilities.  At this intersection of learning and space, describe by giving examples of how this project supports learners acquiring and mastering 21st Century learning skills.

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.

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.

Fort Worth ISD—I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Fort Worth ISD—I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

The STEM and Visual and Performing Arts Academy transforms a historic facility into a state-of-the-art performance hall that honors and elevates the campus’s heritage. The academy is a destination for students with passion for the arts and STEM and a signature performance venue for the city. The existing building and the new 63,000-square-foot performing arts center are connected by a secure courtyard and Grand Canopy. Set atop a hill, the school is a gateway for the district and the community.

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.

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.

Houston ISD—High School for Law & Justice

Houston ISD—High School for Law & Justice

Replacement of a specialized high school for careers in law and criminal justice, transforming a derelict urban area. The new school includes classrooms, labs, fine arts, gym, dining/performance commons, black box theater/classroom, administration, library, courtroom, 9-1-1 call center, forensic lab, and JROTC classroom. Site amenities include track, soccer field, outdoor dining, JROTC training, parking, drop-off. School spirit is fostered through collaboration areas and a central commons.

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

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite High School Addition/Renovation

Mesquite ISD—Mesquite High School Addition/Renovation

The site is a registered Historic Landmark. Project goals were to honor the school’s historic character, create Next Generation learning spaces, provide technology-intensive Collaboration Areas and a Technology Bar, upgrade instructional areas to current TEA standards, increase capacity for growth, provide an EF-5 Tornado Shelter, and eliminate portables. The project includes new sky bridges and improved circulation, giving students smoother, secure connections with the rest of the campus.

Rockwall ISD—Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy

Rockwall ISD—Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy

Together, we can create more opportunities for our students. This was the belief that guided the vision and design of the new college and career academy. The district partnered with a university and a community college on the project, which allows user groups to share resources/space and seamlessly integrate dual credit courses. The school environment feels collegiate and corporate, and extensive glazing puts the school’s programs on display.

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.