Community participation was vital to the success of this project as two landmark schools involved in the project would alter the small community landscape with deep ties to each. The scale of this Texas CHPS-designed project was large and complex which required it to be executed in three phases:
Phase 1: Required modifying and maintaining the existing freestanding central plant and all site utilities to three existing buildings to be incorporated into the new campus design.
Phase 3: Involved updating and transforming the late-1900’s auditorium-music-kitchen and cafeteria building and the two late-1900’s gymnasium buildings into contemporary versions with new finishes and exterior facelifts. The majority of work during Phase 3 was tying the new next generation learning classrooms with these older buildings as the “anchors” of the new design.
The new two-story next generation classroom addition was purposefully placed between the two existing building anchors with communicating corridors between the auditorium-music-kitchen and cafeteria building and the two gymnasium building “anchors.” Every corridor in the new addition has a view to the exterior and 100% of the classrooms have either direct perimeter wall daylight or daylight from the corridor. The “anchors” were revitalized with fresh contemporary, low maintenance and durable finishes and colors including a new serving line facelift. They were also given new facades to respond to the community vernacular and constructed with regional and sustainable materials.
Phase 2: Responding to a community need, the District applied for a sizeable subsidized grant as a means to establish their Head Start Program in support of the District’s low-income/poverty level demographics. The District was awarded the grant funding and immediately engaged IBI Group to perform a feasibility study with the intention of adding a Head Start Pre-School facility to the “E-Wing” currently being designed for the proposed Blocker Junior High School campus. This addition would be the first to the 1980’s facility with the potential to transform the campus into a community service center.
IBI Group’s initial scope of work included developing a spatial program for the school, creating a design concept and a set of as-built drawings to document existing conditions.
In compliance with the strict Head Start facility programming requirements, design and construction were completed for the new Early Childhood Center and Head Start Program and Community Teen Health Clinic. This facility gave the District an opportunity to integrate students, parents and teachers into the Head Start program as well as create relationships with community organizations.
+ Building is registered as a “TX-CHPS designed” school.
+ Master planning was completed by IBI Group for this district.