The building that now serves as the heart of Conroe Independent School District administration was formerly a hospital. The district purchased the vacant building to transform it into an administration building and technology center. Architects worked closely with district personnel in renovating the building to accommodate offices that had been situated randomly COST PER SQ FT$45.77FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation multiple facilities, making it difficult for departments to interact directly. Consolidating the district’s facilities and departments improved operations and provided a focal point of interaction between the public and the school administration.
Because the building was designed as a hospital, it was a challenge to adapt to predetermined boundaries set by the peculiar structural grid of the existing facility. All mechanical, electrical and plumbing appropriate for a hospital was removed in order to create an infrastructure more appropriate for an office environment. Care was taken in weaving each department’s needs into existing columns and elements to ultimately provide cohesive departments with little space wasted on the existing building’s eccentricities. Facility occupants are grouped based on functional relationships among departments and with the public.