Efficiency, adaptability, flexibility, shared use, cost of ownership, use of materials, and life-cycle cost are some of the considerations in providing building intelligibility and enhanced value. Describe specifically how this project provides enhanced value.
|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
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.
|Fredericksburg ISD—Fredericksburg High School
The campus masterplan had four goals; revitalize a tired facility, create a sense of place, create space for CTE programming, and do it all through a series of bonds that wouldn’t raise taxes. Starting with the development of design guidelines, sequential renovations and additions allowed the district to consolidate administration, improve student health and safety, upgrade systems, add classrooms, build program-specific facilities, and enliven the courtyard to reflect the community’s values.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Temple ISD—Thornton Elementary School
The new elementary school is an on-site replacement of original elementary school that dated to the early 1950’s and was outdated and in poor condition. New facility incorporates the history of the original and expands upon its curriculum focus for nature conservancy by incorporating 21st century learning tools within a highly sustainable facility.