01.15.2019—Houston ISD and Manor ISD have been selected to receive the Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment. The architectural projects will be on display in the exhibit hall and the winners will be recognized at the 2019 TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin January 28-29.
The winning projects received at least four stars from six areas of distinction, making them eligible for the Caudill Award, which is named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914–1983), whose progressive concepts continue to influence school design.
Houston ISD won for Milby High School, a new facility surrounding and preserving a 1926, historically significant structure. The design incorporates 40,000 square feet of renovated space with 227,000 square feet of new construction. Milby is the home to eight career and technology education 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. Learn more at https://goo.gl/MHPKRB.
Manor ISD won for Manor New Tech Middle School — a new, comprehensive, three-level school with a total area of 120,000 square feet in phase one and 8,000 square feet in phase two. The design accommodates a variety of group sizes and activities ranging from quiet, solo study to louder group work. An open design with mobile tables, chairs and whiteboards accomplishes this flexibility. Learn more at https://goo.gl/LYhaaJ.
Kirksey Architecture designed the Houston ISD project, and Stantec was the architect for the Manor ISD project.
The Exhibit of School Architecture awards are given at the discretion of a 12-member jury (four school board members, four administrators, two representatives from the Texas Society of Architects and two representatives from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The Caudill Award winners were chosen from among 27 projects awarded Stars of Distinction in the areas of community, planning, transformation, design, value and sustainability.
TASA is the professional association for Texas school superintendents and other administrators. The mission of the organization, which focuses on professional learning, advocacy and member engagement, is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.
TASB is an association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5.3 million students. TASB’s mission is to promote educational excellence for Texas schoolchildren through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts.