Design

Scale and relationship of spaces, use of materials, building organization and building flow, instructional function and educational appropriateness are elements of design excellence. Describe how the design enhances and supports the learning experience.

Allen ISD—Allen STEAM Center

Allen ISD—Allen STEAM Center

This innovative facility solved community needs and enrollment growth while looking to the horizon for determining future student interests and skills. A total shift in culture occurred with an explosion of STEAM interest across the district. Inspired by industries and growing career needs, the facility serves high school students and provides studios for K-8th grade experiential learning. The rich site provides trails, wetland zone, and natural creek, all expected daily learning environments.

Fort Bend ISD—James Reese Career & Technical Center

Fort Bend ISD—James Reese Career & Technical Center

Located on a 23-acre site within a suburban master planned community, the James Reese Career and Technical Center (CTC) is a two-story, 164,490 SF facility serving daily approximately 1,000 students from across FBISD. The new CTC provides classrooms, labs, and collaboration space to support multiple specialized career and technical programs and engage students of all ages across the district. The CTC houses 5 enterprise programs that offer services to the public both during and after hours.

Georgetown ISD—James Tippit Middle School

Georgetown ISD—James Tippit Middle School

A kinetic and collaborative culture was retrofitted into a 1980s middle school by molding fragmented space into a dynamic and cohesive learning environment. The character of the split-level design endured, elevated by a new 2-story commons that anchors the campus and creates a multipurpose student union. Removal of walls, addition of gathering space and use of teacher design labs create flexibility. Windows and interior glazing connect to nature and filter light through a previously dense space.

Northwest ISD—Lance Thompson Elementary School

Northwest ISD—Lance Thompson Elementary School

A district wanted to re-imagine its elementary prototype. They began with a question: "What does the school of the future mean to you?" Together, nearly 200 students, educators and district leaders envisioned a school with no boundaries, where learning was always on display. Biophilic design elements, connection to the outdoors, flexible small and large learning spaces, grade-level neighborhoods and an iconic, treehouse-inspired commons create a unique and inspirational academic experience.

San Marcos CISD—Rodriguez Elementary School

San Marcos CISD—Rodriguez Elementary School

This school is a newly constructed 93,700 square foot building on 12.5-acres serving 650 students. The concept was based around accommodating a larger capacity of students to alleviate overcrowding and designing a space that could serve as a community hub. Centrally located within a new suburban development across from a community park, it was pivotal for the school’s outdoor and public spaces to be able to extend further beyond site lines to encourage and help facilitate community engagement.

Santa Fe ISD—Barnett Elementary School

Santa Fe ISD—Barnett Elementary School

This is the District’s first new school in 30 years, providing opportunity to radically change the way the space supports the curriculum and learning experience. This is also the District’s first 21st Century learning environment, which represented a paradigm shift for teachers as well as students. The building is LEED Silver for its sustainability. This project includes comprehensive safety features in case of an active shooter.

Sheldon ISD—Sheldon Lake Elementary School

Sheldon ISD—Sheldon Lake Elementary School

The goal for this new Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) elementary school was to provide an open and engaging learning environment that encourages student collaboration and celebrates the unique activities taking place within its walls .At the heart of the design are a range of PVA spaces including a Blackbox theater, and art, music, dance, and design studios. Rather than pieces hidden within a traditional school environment these arts spaces define the entire building through the lens of PVA.