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.

Alvin ISD—JB Hensler College and Career Academy

The CTE Center will prepare students for diverse careers that reflect industry needs by providing advanced labs, workshops and specialized learning environments for Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Cosmetology, Health Professions, Veterinary, Criminal Justice, Construction, HVAC, Auto Tech, and Welding programs. Any student in the district can attend to become more career or college ready by obtaining certifications and college credit before enrolling at an institution of higher learning.

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

Boerne ISD—Fabra Elementary School

New Elementary School for K-5 to replace existing Elementary School.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Bridgeland Educational Village

The 573,468 SF high school, 125,725 SF elementary school are part of a multi-campus educational village that will also include a future middle school. The concept takes advantage of shared facilities, programs, and educational opportunities that occur when facilities are in close proximity. The focus of this project was driven by the interaction of students in varying grade levels, as both a learner and a mentor, while maintaining their identity as unique campuses within the village.

Dallas ISD—Dallas ISD Personalized Learning Initiative

The District launched a Personalized Learning (PL) initiative in 2013. Through PL, students are equipped to drive their own learning experiences and to engage in real-world content that’s relevant and appropriately challenging for them. Five schools were selected to pilot PL, and three worked with our firm to explore how the built environment could activate and advance PL. The partnership began with a four-day charrette, continued with campus renovations, and concluded with a research study.

Del Valle ISD—Del Valle High School Athletic Facility Addition

This addition to an existing high school campus provides locker rooms, coaches/athletic/athletic trainer offices and support, and indoor athletic training space. Designed to be used by all grades, this space provides lockers for football and boys and girls sports. The facility serves students in band, color guard, dance & drill team, and cheerleaders. The project included enhancements to the existing stadium, separation of home and visitor parking/entries, a play area and tailgating area.

Fort Bend ISD—James Patterson Elementary School

Located in a fast growth district, the elementary school was designed to serve a new residential development, existing nearby neighborhoods and overcrowding at other elementary schools. The community desired a modern learning environment that would sustain student growth over time. The 21st century-ready school is designed for 850 students, with expansion capabilities for 1,000. It is divided into learning pods that feature teacher workrooms and collaborative spaces.

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.

Katy ISD—Education Village

This innovative Education Village combines the newly constructed Stockdick Junior High (grades 6-8), a Ninth Grade Center, and Paetow High School (grades 10-12) constructed on a sprawling 147 acre site. The collegiate-inspired campus style project showcases learning structures connected by a large “Learning Green” consisting of outdoor walkways, activity areas and teaching amphitheaters. The schools feature a three-story academic wing with classrooms, collaboration areas and additional spaces.

Kaufman ISD—Kaufman High School

The high school renovations were built to address numerous needs: aging infrastructure, a disjointed campus, a growing student body and safety concerns. Now, the campus feels like a new, ground up facility—thanks to thoughtful planning, responsive design and meticulous attention to building details. In a tight knit community, this flagship campus provides a place for students and families to gather, celebrate and embrace a renewed sense of pride in their school, their children and their city.

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.

New Caney ISD—Infinity Early College High School

This new two-story facility houses the district’s early college high school program and was designed in partnership with the local community college to mimic a collegiate environment. The small footprint and flexible areas outside classrooms encourage self-directed learning, with multi-purpose spaces such as the lecture hall opening to extend into the dining commons a feature that lends value to every square foot.

San Antonio ISD–Highlands High School

Transforming a 1950’s active campus into a Future-Ready learning environment; Prioritizing campus safety and cohesion; Integrating CTE programs into the heart of the campus.

Texas City ISD—Industrial Trades Center

The Industrial Trades Center is a program that supports students across Galveston County as well as the industry workforce. The program fosters partnerships with business and industry leaders to train students for skilled labor jobs.