Houston Independent School District, Milby High School

LEED & EcoServices, Renovation & Restoration, Schools, Branding & Graphics

Location

Houston, Texas

Size

280,000 sf

Project Features
  • Historical preservation
  • 8 CTE programs
  • Athletic fields
  • Walking track
Houston Independent School District’s Milby High School is a place where past, present, and future meet. The design includes 40,000-sf of renovation to the 1926 historic structure with 240,000 sf of new construction. Each space within and around the building is designed to be flexible and grow with the school. To complement Milby’s rich history and deep roots, the new design is centered on the spirit, tradition, and history of the school but surrounded by a modern, 21st century learning environment. Preservation and the reuse of original materials work in tandem with modern “neighborhood” layouts, glass walls for increased visibility, and enhanced technology to bring past and future together in one design.

The Career and Technology Education campus features flexible spaces from one end to the other, allowing students and staff to repurpose their teaching and learning as necessary. Learning no longer happens in a box, so glass walls are featured throughout for increased visibility and shared experiences. Classrooms are positioned around a “learning commons” that feature soft furniture for collaboration and help foster the feeling of a “neighborhood”.

To promote wellness and healthy learning environments, natural light is abundant throughout the school. The building is designed to meet LEED Silver certification and includes many sustainable design strategies that reduce the negative environmental impacts of construction and operation, ensure the health and wellness of students and staff, and introduce a connection to nature.

Site amenities include baseball, softball, soccer, football and practice fields, tennis courts, and a walking track along the perimeter. New parking will accommodate 400 cars at the northern and southern portions of the site with car drop-off to the south and bus drop-off to the north.
 
Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design – from pre-K to collegiate. In her role as preK-12 team leader, she has created state-of-the-art public and private schools and developed PlayTheory, a process that engages stakeholders in a fun, collaborative way to gather quantitative and qualitative information that is used during the design phase. With 17 years at Kirksey, her talents and experience are utilized for many community projects as well.