Carl Wunsche Senior High School: A Career Academy in Spring ISD

Spring, Texas

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Spring ISD

  • AREA

    273,178 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $30,828,700.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2006

The Carl Wunsche Senior High School: A Career Academy in the Spring Independent School District in Spring, Texas, is designed to engage and motivate students by integrating rigorous academic and career studies. It is a school of choice serving 1,500 students in grades 10 to 12; students from the district’s three other, much larger comprehensive schools ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$113.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas apply.

The mission is to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and achievement by offering specialized career training to students. The district wanted to respect the character of the adjacent Old Town Spring area, while projecting a professional, business-oriented image.

The school is organized into three “towers” linked by the Learning Street, which also connects the administration offices, library, large-group instruction space, cafeteria and shops run by the students as part of their instruction. The majority of student traffic and social life takes place on the Learning Street, which links all major spaces within the school and borders on the exterior courtyard. This common area is where most of student life takes place; interaction with fellow students and instructors can happen in any of the seating areas situated off of the Learning Street.

Each of the towers (The Professional Tower, the Technology Tower and the Medical Tower) accommodates up to 500 students with integrated core academic and career spaces. Two of the three towers are flexible, two-story open spaces with modular furnishings on raised floors housing career programs. These are surrounded on two levels by additional career instructional spaces and core subject classrooms. It is anticipated that these programs will evolve frequently as business changes in the world beyond the campus.

Each tower has its own administration area and teacher workroom with individual workstations for each teacher. Both the offices and workroom are open to the Learning Street to enhance student accessibility to administrators and teachers.