Westlake High School, Addition and Renovation

Austin, Texas

  • FIRM



    Eanes Independent School District

  • AREA

    350,000 sq.ft.





The district wanted a design to make the campus more safe and secure. An addition now connects two existing buildings, protecting the campus not only from crime, but also from inclement weather.

The existing site had no formal entry visible from the street, which provided no safety from cars. A new entrance was designed, and the administrative offices were moved to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,200COST PER SQ FT$60.49FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation entrance, which also provides better campus security.

It also was important for all buildings to match aesthetically, which was challenging because most of them were built at different times with different materials.

To save as much of the school as possible and make it aesthetically cohesive, the team decided to add to and renovate the buildings. Most students drive to school, making parking limited. The team gave as many parking places as the site would allow.

The site presented a challenge to the design team. The existing 18-foot retaining wall and roadway separating the existing building was transformed into a landscaped outdoor amphitheater. As many trees as possible were kept to help beautify the campus. The planting area was transformed into a multipurpose outdoor amphitheater to be used for various activities, including an outdoor dining area.

The school, no longer a collection of buildings, became connected by additions to make a uniform campus.