The John Cooper School, ROCK Math + Science Center

The Woodlands, Texas

Design team:
Ziegler Cooper Architects: Steve Lucchesi, AIA (Principal-in-Charge); Paul Lodholz, AIA (Design Principal); Allison Parrott (Project Manager); Gabe Olmos (Architectural Interior Designer); Pinnacle Structural Engineers: Adam Cryer; DBR, MEP Engineers: Brent Moe; Brookstone, General Contractor: Justin Henderson

The John Cooper School Rock Math + ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY724COST PER SQ FT$302.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized Center was designed to accommodate innovative teaching through interaction among teachers, students and subject matter. The building respects both traditional and modern environments within a beautiful form and will be a benchmark for STEM education in the Houston area. The Center is designed for interdisciplinary learning, and enables idea testing and experimentation to occur in full sight.
The building itself is a dynamic teaching tool. The architecture is structurally elaborate and visible to show the transfer of the building’s physical forces. It includes a 135-seat lecture hall, writable walls in classrooms and hallways, a 40-station computer lab, a robotics lab with a competition-sized pit-challenge area, and mathematical equations and methods of measurement embedded into stairwells and floors. Each room is dual functioning to facilitate laboratory opportunities and classroom needs. Equipment for all disciplines is state of the art.
The forum, a three-story glass entrance hall, connects all learning and teaching spaces, and is a living educational exhibit of massive proportion. The exhibit includes a fossil display and the largest sculpted DNA strand on the North American continent.