2015 — Marcus High School

Lewisville ISD—Marcus High School



Stars of Distinction Design

The facility shares access to the main high school’s elective spaces and site amenities. An interior corridor connects the new campus to the existing high school. The main entrance provides a clear sense of entry that is contemporary in nature, but complements the traditional entrance of the existing campus; they both have large, round columns. Masonry for the new 9th grade campus was also chosen to blend with the existing high school.


The district underwent a Strategic Design Process re-inventing the way they would be delivering instruction. The design team was a part of the process for a better sense of how the spaces should be built. To include the community in the process, parents, students and faculty also participated. From these sessions, a general consensus guided the development of the site plans, floor plans and 3-D renderings that were a true reflection of the values and goals of the district and community.


Natural light in all classrooms as well as glare protectors on all the windows. LED lights with daylight harvesting sensors. High efficiency roofing to reflect the sun and reduce energy costs Large outdoor areas with greenery that connect the new building to the existing high-school. High ceilings in all the class room spaces maximize learning and also comply with CHPS design


Program spaces were treated as a whole instead of as individual spaces. The library and cafeteria were brought together as one big collaboration space which enhanced learning experiences, and reduced the need for certain building materials. The courtyard was utilized as a shared use space. Durable materials used throughout the building reduced initial and long term costs i.e., stained concrete, high impact plastic laminate panels, brick and aluminum.

School Transformation

Learning studios were created to break the campus down into small learning communities. Each learning studio area includes classroom areas, with support spaces as well as large flexible, open working areas. The team rooms include a folding marker board wall between them, that can be open all the way or partially, as it is made of individual panels that allow for diverse configurations. All team rooms have glass sliding walls to the hallways and collaboration spaces.

Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner