Case Study

Pasadena Independent School District

Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School

The Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) serves much of southeast Harris County in Texas, including South Houston and part of Houston. Servicing an economically disadvantaged populace, the district’s construction of the Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School brought not only vocational pathways for its students but has also alleviated overcrowding at the district’s high schools.

Salas O’Brien’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering experts helped create a space where over 1,700 students can get hands-on training that prepares them for the future. Because of its unique purpose, the school’s building design and construction involved unique challenges. The focus on vocational training created a need for collaborative meeting areas and lab facilities where students could receive instruction in a wide spectrum of disciplines. Salas O’Brien’s engineers leveraged their experience in collaborative layout design to help create areas outside of the traditional classroom environment for students and staff to meet for small-group interaction as well as areas for hands-on vocational training.

Because energy efficiency and sustainability are high priorities for the Pasadena ISD, our team also used day lighting, recycling, low-VOC products, and renewable solar and wind energy to sustainably meet the unique power requirements. The facility provides multiple efficiencies and cost savings for the district. Spaces are flexible, multi-use, and expandable, offering an efficient footprint while encouraging collaboration and providing easy access to technology. Natural lighting promotes a healthy environment while also bringing cost savings due to reduced lighting demand.

This high-tech facility with state-of-the-art instructional spaces provides a modern, student-centered education. The district coordinated current technology and equipment with local industry to assure programs match current standards and needs. Salas O’Brien is proud to partner in such endeavors, furthering our commitment to both sustainability and positive change.



Houston, Texas

Construction Cost:
$40 Million

Project Size:
253,100 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering