Pasadena High School was an existing high school on 17 acres in need of extensive renovations and additions and the acquisition of additional property. Pasadena ISD voters were given the opportunity to replace the aging campus with a new building or renovate and add to the existing structure. The voters chose to renovate even though the costs exceeded that of a replacement campus. The project, which spanned 3.5 years of construction and 12 phases, required approximately 200,000 SF of renovations and over 250,000 SF of new facilities to accommodate a student capacity of 3,000. The Owner determined that multiple bid packages was the best way to make immediate improvements on the campus while controlling total capital outlay on one of the first Construction Manager @ Risk (CMAR) projects in the K-12 industry after law changes took effect.
The academic addition is located to the north of the remaining structure and provides a new and identifiable front door. The building concept allows for easy visual control from the administrative center and provides a separation of noisy areas from the quieter academic areas.