Describe how the design and/or the design process resulted in a project of improved efficiency, flexibility, adaptability, and enhance value to the campus, district, and/or the community at large. Identify specific project considerations as they relate to cost of ownership, life cycle costs, long-term cost control to preserve district funds, materials selected, construction methods used, and alternative design choices that provided enhanced project value and success.
|Houston ISD—Lamar High School
Fusing historic & new to create a campus honoring the past, present, & future. The 30-acre urban site houses a renovated original high school building, an 80-year-old art deco city landmark, poorly planned 80’s additions that were removed to make room for new fields, & a new parking garage to increase site capacity. A context-sensitive, 300,000 SF addition houses academic neighborhoods, arts, athletics, & student services to align with the educational philosophy of the IB program & PBL model.
|Houston ISD—The Harvey Schools
The largest rainstorm to ever hit the continental US devastated Houston. When the waters receded, the damage was tallied. Within a week, the district surveyed each campus, identifying four schools to replace immediately. Within 3 months, plans for all four schools, now known as the Harvey Schools, were submitted for City review. The schools, designed from a single innovative prototype, can expand or contract, adapt to alternate pedagogies, and withstand the level of flooding Harvey brought.
|Katy ISD—Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center
This Agricultural Sciences facility was born with the realization of increasing expectations for student preferences, graduation requirements, and growth in the district and community usage. Serving the district’s K-12 population of over 87,000 students, this facility was built on the important historical aspects of the agriculture industry that has existed in this community for decades. This modernized structure incorporates instruction, rodeo, and a venue for community events.
|Katy ISD—Jordan High School and Adams Junior High School
|North East ISD—LEE High School Additions & Renovations
The oldest campus in this district sits on just 27.2 acres. It’s the smallest district site, landlocked, houses not one but four high schools with four unique educational programs, and has generations of active alumni attached to the campus as they knew it. After a decade of work on this occupied campus, the built environment was maximized with functional spaces serving each campus’s needs while maintaining the original campus’s emotional and physical historical value.
|Round Rock ISD—Wunderland at Deep Wood Elementary
This neighborhood elementary school has a campus-wide focus on literacy and serves three district special ed programs. Like its neighborhood, it has some age on it, but innovative thinking activated a hidden treasure. By rehabilitating a dark, dank concrete area with a district grant, they created an inclusive, activity-based, open-air learning environment. Equipment designed for multisensory learning enhances social, emotional, and academic discovery for children of all ages and abilities.