The planning and design phases of Sterling High School and the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy are highlighted as community building efforts in two videos released by HISD.
Both schools are being rebuilt into 21st century learning environments under the district’s 2012 $1.89 billion bond program.
The videos include input on the projects from students, staff, parents, architects, alumni and community members.
In the Sterling video, design drafts show a three-story transparent building with airplanes in a hanger to emphasize the school’s aviation program. The drawings also display learning spaces with moveable walls, giving students and teachers more flexibility to work and teach differently in these areas.
“Along with the building, it’s going to bring a culture change,” said Sterling student Joshua Harris. “It’s going to bring to light our amazing CTE (Career and Technical Education) program that not a lot of people know about – (even) the aviation program.”
The Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy video shows design drawings of a two-story building site, large learning and athletic spaces, courtyards, and parking areas. The design features a second-floor balcony that offers a widespread view of downtown Houston.
“It’s really about exchanging ideas – what kind of spaces and what kind of environment is important to you as young boys becoming men,” said the school’s architect, James Harrison of Harrison Kornberg Architects. “Our job as architects is really to listen. When we come back to them with design solutions and design options, it helps us to understand if we’ve really heard them or not.”
Students, along with their fellow Project Advisory Team members at 24 schools, have spent hundreds of hours over the last few months collaborating in meetings and workshops to help guide the design direction for these projects. The new schools will be sustainable 21st century learning environments with the flexibility and infrastructure to support various types of learning and technology.
The new videos are part of ongoing effort by the district to document the work being done at each bond campus. More videos will be released in the coming weeks, to be featured on each school’s homepage, as well as the district’s bond website and on HISDTV.