Northwest High School, Additions/Renovations

Justin, Texas

  • FIRM



    Northwest Independent School District

  • AREA

    457,000 sq.ft.





The challenges of this project:

•Integrating an assortment of detached, mismatched individual and portable buildings into one cohesive campus.

•Enhancing curb appeal, but reusing existing facilities as much as possible.

•Providing safe and secure spaces for students and faculty.

•Creating a source of pride for students and the community.

A two-story ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$101.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation addition was followed by a new central spine connected to the addition and all existing buildings. All facilities then were “wrapped” in a new brick facade, reusing everything existing. Existing walls along the new spine were separated, providing drainage from existing sloped roofs and bringing natural light into corridors. Translucent panels provide daylight, yet conceal existing facilities.

Several courtyards between new and existing spaces introduce natural light to many previously dark areas. The existing gymnasium was converted into a new library/media center with a coffee shop. A new dining area and food court offer several food choices.

A building of this magnitude required two entrances; each has security vestibules and a student resource officer positioned between them. Administration is split into two locations at each entrance, expanding visual control.

All classrooms have phones to give teachers immediate access to security. More than 100 security cameras are placed throughout the building. Corridors are spacious, open and light, providing a sense of freedom.