Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture


    Houston Independent School District

  • AREA

    236,982 sq.ft.





Design team:
Jennifer Henrikson (Principal-in-Charge); Steve Parker (Project Manager); Jonathan Fountain (Project Architect); Christian Owens (Design Principal); Scotty Denney (Design Architect); Fred Tooley (Spec Writer); Stantec (Structural Engineer); S&G Engineering (Civil Engineer); DBR Engineering + Jones (MEP Engineer); Foodservice Design ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$190.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio (Foodservice); Mary L. Goldsby Associates (Landscape Architect); WJHW (Acoustical)

The heart of Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation High School is aviation: producing pilots, mechanics, engineers, and aviation specialists who lead their profession in the job market.
Because educational buildings are expected to serve multiple generations of learners, spaces must be planned to respond to changing program delivery strategies over time without “bricks and mortar” changes to the building. The aviation magnet program and aviation-themed design enables the school to differentiate itself from other high schools.
Grounded by the promise to provide a future-ready learning environment for students, the new high school includes state-of-the-art technology, flexibility to embrace multiple program delivery methods, and a learning commons that supports individual and collaborative learning styles.
The educational spaces have a fluid form and function—walls move, visibility is high, and students choose their spaces. The aviation program offers flight simulators, mechanical and airframe studies, and maintenance education. It also boasts the country’s first hangar owned by a school district. Visible to the community, the school has a nurturing and inspirational environment that champions education as a vehicle for success.