2016 Projects

Academy ISD—Academy Intermediate School

Academy ISD—Academy Intermediate School

This compact 61,000 sq foot facility for grades 3–5 shares a site with an existing campus in a rapidly growing community. The project challenge was to design the new campus to meet current and future growth within approximately 10 usable acres without compromising instructional program goals. Designers collaborated with District staff and administration to create innovative solutions and to design a one-of-a-kind facility that will serve students in this community for years.

Corpus Christi ISD—Veterans Memorial High School

Corpus Christi ISD—Veterans Memorial High School

The first high school constructed in the community in 50+ years, the program for this campus breaks ranks from traditional learning environments. As one of the most diverse large districts in Texas (and 2nd largest employer in the region), the owner knew input of an entire community of stakeholders would be paramount in the planning process. New educational initiatives established by the district, community, and students all helped develop the program (with core spaces designed for 3,000).

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Sadie Harris Woodard Elementary

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Sadie Harris Woodard Elementary

The program for this new elementary pioneers a new direction for primary educational environments in one of the fastest growing districts in Texas. It effectively responds to modern-day teaching and learning applications that are driving Next Generation education. Its unconventional plan aligns perfectly with new educational initiatives established by a user-driven design committee and serves as a prototype for future campuses that will welcome new students to the area.

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.

Forsan ISD—Forsan Elementary

Forsan ISD—Forsan Elementary

Construction of a new elementary school on a previously undeveloped, rugged site was undertaken with teacher and public input. The old school is fifteen miles away from the JHS\HS campus. Locating the elementary closer to the high school was a community priority for safety, economics and instructional reasons. A plan with flexible learning HUBs was developed to allow co-teaching, multiple educational deliveries and adequate space for the school’s robust, parent volunteer reading program.

Frisco ISD—Career and Technology School Addition

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

Frisco ISD—Rick Reedy High School

Frisco ISD—Rick Reedy High School

The new 325,000 SF high school serves as a centerpiece of the neighborhood, creating a new culture that connects the school to its community. It is small enough to provide each student with a full spectrum of curriculum and high quality amenities that prepares students for future success. With the community’s preference for traditional architecture, the design balances a Romanesque revival style in a modern growing community, and creates a tradition-rich campus feel.

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 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.

Pasadena ISD—Dennis L. Shippey Aquatic Center

Pasadena ISD—Dennis L. Shippey Aquatic Center

The Dennis Shippey Aquatic Center is a new building located at the existing Pasadena ISD Veterans Memorial Sports Complex site in Pasadena, Texas. The 24,000 sf facility serves as the competition swimming and diving pool for the District’s aquatic athletics department. The 37-meter pool allows the District to host both high school level swimming and diving competitions simultaneously.

Pflugerville ISD—Dearing Elementary

Pflugerville ISD—Dearing Elementary

The district wanted to use an already highly successful prototype as a benchmark to raise the bar for energy efficiency. It was imperative that this school acted as a catalyst for future sustainable strategies for the district. The architect created a net-zero prototype that challenged the norms of sustainable design and transformed the learning environment.
By using smart design solutions, this school not only fulfilled the district’s initial requirement – it exceeded their expectations

San Antonio ISD—Bonham Academy

San Antonio ISD—Bonham Academy

Multi-phased addition/renovation of an existing elementary school (ca 1889). Transform historic and culturally relevant elementary campus into a purpose designed fine arts, sciences, and language academy ready for the future. The project was required to be constructed while campus operations continued, and included comprehensive upgrades throughout the campus resulting in enhanced campus security while accommodating enriched technology infrastructure and fine arts areas, and science facilities.

San Jacinto Community College—Maritime Technology and Training Center

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—Pebble Hills High School

Socorro ISD—Pebble Hills High School

The school district planned for a rapid growing population. A 70-acre site was master planned to design various phases. The first three phases included academic & core spaces for a 9th grade center. Phase IV was the final stage for converting the school into a high school. Phase IV included four major components – a 3-story academic wing, detached Career & Technology building, and fine arts and athletic departments. Final phase added 291,130 SF for 535,000 SF total of educational spaces.

Socorro ISD—Purple Heart Elementary

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

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.

Tyler ISD—Moore Middle School & MST Magnet

Tyler ISD—Moore Middle School & MST Magnet

A middle school replacement building also housing the District MST Magnet school. The east and west wings of the building are the loud public spaces, creating a large courtyard. 21st Century and Sustainability features include shared-use collaboration spaces on each floor, sheltered outdoor learning spaces in the courtyard, enhanced acoustics in classrooms, windows in every classroom and work area, east-west orientation of the classroom wing minimizing heat load, and an Energy Management System.