CLIENT

Pasadena Independent School District

DESCRIPTION

Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School

SERVICES

Mechanical & Electrical
Clean Energy

LOCATION

Houston, Texas

YEAR

2014

CONSTRUCTION COST

$40 million

PROJECT PARTNER

IBI Group

SIZE

253,100 square feet

Designing Cutting-Edge Facilities for Career and Technical Education

The district needed to construct the Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School to alleviate overcrowding at other district high schools and provide students with opportunities for focused vocational training in areas like the school’s cosmetology salon, courtroom, robotics testing, and competition field, and student-operated bistro. Wherever possible, the design aimed to leave operational building elements visible to students. These included air-handling rooms, a glass elevator, and partially exposed ceilings that display the inner workings of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and structural systems.

Our engineers leveraged their experience to create versatile learning spaces that would accommodate the wide variety of vocational training and equipment. Our team also used daylighting, recycling, low-VOC products, and renewable solar and wind energy to meet the school’s power requirements and achieve the district’s goals for energy efficiency and sustainability.