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.
|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.
|Frisco ISD—Career and Technology School Addition
Central challenge was to create flexible learning environments that supported knowledge and skills necessary for the careers of the future. Complementary new program and building space was integrated into one of the most innovative career centers in the country. Culmination of a vision that started 15 years ago with the development of a career education center supporting multiple high schools on a master planned site that includes central administration and a comprehensive high school campus
|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
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.
|Northwest ISD—V.R. Eaton High School
New 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.
|San Jacinto Community College—Maritime Technology and Training Center
Community Meeting Spaces; Maritime Introduction, Academic Courses; Training Curriculum with Pilot Simulators; U.S.C.G. Certification Courses. Site features include: U.S.C.G. Aquatic Training Facility with Dressing Rooms, Life Boat: Davit, Boat Ramp & Canal Concrete Bulkhead, Tug Boat Industry Added Docking Pier to Meet Facility Designed Hurricane Codes, Simulation Labs, Radar/Navigation, Full + Mini-Bridge, Galley, Liquid Cargo + Joint Control Rooms.
|Socorro ISD—Purple Heart Elementary
Career exploration is the focus of this innovative elementary school with one-of-a-kind curriculum aligned with HB 5 endorsements. The first-of-its-kind in its district, features academic hubs that support intentional collaboration and peer learning in each grade level neighborhood. Colorful, flexible, age appropriate furniture outfits all areas supported by technology. Here, career readiness starts at kindergarten, and all students are afforded unique experiences as they begin their journey.
|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.