2017—McKinney North High School

McKinney ISD—McKinney North High School
Architect: Stantec

Additions and Renovations to an existing High school to expand fine arts; enhance the Career and Technical Education programs in the fields of Health Science, Robotics, and Aviation; improve safety and security of all students; address end of life items; and update the aesthetics of the building to help with lowering enrollment.


  • Design—Star of DistinctionStrategically locating the additions and renovations to maximize impact on school’s culture and image
  • Diverse learning environments that allow students to create, design, and learn with technology to support the district’s 1:1 MacBook initiative
  • Enhanced CTE spaces that reflect relevant work environments


  • In-depth analysis of existing facility against what was needed allowed designers to strategically add and renovate the high school to maximize the impact on every student
  • Location of additions and renovations were in areas of highest impact while spending less than $120/sf over 148,000-square feet
  • Selection of materials and systems was evaluated on first time and lifecycle cost to maximize life and durability of the building


  • Building Reuse – used over 75% of the existing building by strategically choosing areas of demolition, alteration, and new addition
  • Low emitting materials in carpet, paint, and finishes to have improved indoor air quality
  • Regionally-sourced building materials


  • Input from over 100 participants from the community including students, parents, administration, and industry partners during planning
  • Relationship with 2 colleges, 3 hospitals, 20 businesses, and 40 professionals to provide mentorship, certifications, and internships to advance learning opportunities


  • Planning—Star of DistinctionCommunity engagement started before bond election and included school district administration, students, parents, and community members in the planning process
  • Overarching goal was to create a modern student-centric learning environment that embraces diverse learning styles and learning with technology

School Transformation

  • Transformation—Star of DistinctionTransformed the school image to reflect a professional learning environment
  • Creating diverse spaces to support independent and group learning, help desk to support student devices, and infrastructure to allow students to learn with technology anywhere
  • Integration of a 24-hour school to help students recover or gain credit outside regular school hours
  • Providing a wide variety of enrichment programs to keep students interested and excited about their educational goals

Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner