Yellowstone Academy

Civic & Community, Recreation, Schools


Houston, Texas


10,700 sf

Project Features
  • Jack Blanton Community Center
  • 10,700-sf state-of-the-art activity center
  • Multipurpose basketball gymnasium
  • Additional classroom facilities

Yellowstone Academy is a nonprofit private school formed to meet the educational needs of low-income, inner-city children. The Jack Blanton Community Center is a 10,700-sf, state-of-the-art activity center containing a multipurpose basketball gymnasium, volleyball court and additional classroom facilities as well as an event center that allows the academy to conduct after-school programs to support its mission of enhancing the lives and learning experiences of its students. Completed in December 2008, the Jack Blanton Community Center at Yellowstone Academy supports education through physical activities to the school’s approximately 256 students.

Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design. 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. Nicola's talents and expertise are often utilized on projects throughout the firm, including higher education and community projects.

  • Houston Business Journal Landmark Award: Community Impact, 2009