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.
|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.
|Cypress-Fairbanks ISD—Leonard Brautigam Center
Formerly an elementary school, this school of choice was strategically retrofitted into a high-tech school that responds to the facility’s new mission. The revitalized campus showcases a sleek, collegiate-like personality, appealing to 16 to 21-year-olds who seek to catch up on graduation credits or graduate in less than four years. The new program concentrates on active student engagement, functionality and community. The school offers CTE classes equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.
|Dallas ISD—Woodrow Wilson High School
The new addition blends with the 2012 addition and takes architectural cues from and remains sensitive to the historic original structure. The three-story classroom addition provides 24 teaching spaces, a new competition Gym with 1,500 seat capacity, competition court, two practice courts and support locker rooms for Athletics. In addition, Art and Ceramics studios, a new Band Hall, and Engineering and Robotics labs were significant upgrades to support STEAM focused learning.
|East Central ISD—East Central High School
This project is a new 37,500 square-foot Performing Arts Center for East Central ISD outside of San Antonio. The central space is a state of the art 1,000-seat multi-purpose auditorium, with teaching and production space to support choir, music recording and theater programs. It also includes a 3,500-square-foot “white box,” a separate, long-span daylit performance and teaching space; the first of its kind in a K-12 environment.
|Education Service Center Region 10
Educators, staff, and administrators developed the design using their unique experiences to influence the look and feel of each space. The facility enables learning and innovative services to be delivered to more than 130 ISDs across 10 Texas counties, serving over 865,000 students and 106,000 school staff. This user-friendly, technology-rich building transforms and adapts according to the needs of the moment, allowing for a truly flexible and collaborative professional learning environment.
|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.
|Grapevine-Colleyville ISD—Cannon Elementary School
This elementary school was designed for STEM and project-based learning. Aesthetics pull from secondary education facilities while maintaining age appropriateness. Everything moves, creating an environment that is interactive, technology-driven and fun for young learners. Connectivity to nature is prevalent.
Features include: media center and reading nooks for research; robotics arena, collaboration space and maker space for prototyping; and learning stair and outdoor gathering for presentation.
|Houston ISD—Sam Houston MSTC High School
The original high school, built in 1954, was initially small because of the low neighborhood density. As it grew over the years, each addition was designed to meet specific needs without considering the overall campus layout. This resulted in a lack of connectivity, long walks between multiple buildings, and several security issues. The vision for this 369,141 SF project includes a new comprehensive high school, which includes renovating and incorporating the recently constructed science wing.
|Lubbock-Cooper ISD—East Elementary School
This is a new 2-story elementary school with a focus on 21st Century skills. The new school environment focuses on collaboration, co-teaching, and flexibility in the learning environment.
|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.
|Richardson ISD—Berkner High School STEM Center
In 2018, Texas Instruments awarded a grant to create a “STEM for ALL” concept that instigated a symbiotic relationship between the school and the industry. With this support and with 2016 bond reserves the district converted an existing space into a STEM Exploration Center for for ALL students in the high school feeder pattern. This STEM center now enriches 12,000 students each year and provides professional development for teachers, so they develop competency and confidence in STEM teaching.
|Sunnyvale ISD—Sunnyvale Intermediate School
New intermediate school, grades 3-5, designed for maximum sustainability and to facilitate the District’s “4Cs” teaching methods. The school is subdivided into three equally-sized Small Learning Communities (SLCs), each with its own classrooms and breakout spaces on two floors. Students stay together in the same SLC all three years in this school. Each SLC overlooks the central two-story Commons and Media Center, and all can access covered outdoor learning areas on both first and second floors.