The architect teamed with Frisco Independent School District to form a vision of a career and technical center like no other. Together, they developed a design that combines a traditional vocational training program with a college prep offering a full-range of advanced coursework. The concept was to provide resources for multiple high school campuses within a COST PER SQ FT$204.72CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYSpecialized building. The result, the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, is a truly singular offering.
The heart of the building is an expansive open space used for collaborating and gathering. A huge flatscreen monitor displays student work, and advertises programs and district activities that connect students with the public.
Upon approach, visitors are connected, through large expanses of glass, to the multitude of activities taking place in the center. Once inside, the shifting colors of the glass elevator draw a person’s gaze up and around, showing a working bank, career center, the school’s restaurant, deli and store, all alive with energy.
“The commons space reflects the very function of the facility with technology, specialty lighting and stainless steel to inspire students and staff!”--2009 jury