Energy Institute High School

Houston, Texas


VLK Architects


Houston Independent School District


116,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The phrase “first of its kind” is often used to describe the Energy Institute High School. Situated in Houston’s Third Ward community in a city that is home to more than 5,000 energy-related firms, the school is paving the way for a new kind of energy boom: industry-ready students versed in corporate culture. Wishing to move beyond traditional teaching methods, the district’s leadership team encouraged designers to think outside conventional design practices, insisting that the next generation of industry leaders should learn in an environment aligned with corporate culture.

Developed collectively with a project advisory team, the new campus was designed to support 800 students through collaborative learning communities. The school consists of three buildings that converge at an outdoor learning courtyard. Learning spaces are interconnected to support project-based learning pathways in offshore technology, geosciences, and alternative energy. Each community has individual work spaces, flexible collaboration zones, integrated technology, and hands-on lab space for specialized curricula.

To promote student engagement and innovation, technology-intensive media labs and presentation halls enable students to prepare and deliver professional presentations.

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Associated Firm

Anslow Bryant Construction (Construction Manager), Matrix Structural Engineers (Structural Engineer), Jones DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP Engineer), Kelly R. Kaluza & Associates (Civil Engineer), Mary L. Goldsby Associates (Landscape Architect), and FDP Consultants (Food Services)

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Vocational/Industrial Arts Areas

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Carpet by Tandus
Carpet by Centiva
Flooring by Dal-Tile
Flooring by Mapei
Flooring by Tandus
Flooring by Centiva
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Flexco
Physical-Education Flooring by Mondo USA
Brick/Masonry by Acme Brick
Cabinets by Mott Mfg
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Chicago Metallic
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by Interceramic
Ceramic Tile by Mapei
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Doors by CECO Door
Doors by Best Access Systems
Doors by VT Industries
Doors by Wilsonart
Doors by Cornell Iron Works
Doors by Kawneer
Elevators by Otis Elevator
Insulation by CertainTeed
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Monoglass
Movable Partitions/Walls by Nana Wall Systems
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Plumbing by Zurn
Plumbing by Ferguson
Plumbing by Tyler Union
Plumbing by Vulcan-Hart
Plumbing by Nibco
Plumbing by Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
Plumbing by Neptune Benson
Lighting & Accessories by Day-Brite Lighting
Security Systems by NAPCO
Locks by Knox
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Sedia Systems
Cafeteria Furniture by Palmer Hamilton
Cafeteria Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Cafeteria Furniture by Leland
Cafeteria Furniture by Sandler Seating
Cafeteria Furniture by Artopex Furniture
Cafeteria Furniture by Symmetry Elevating Solutions
Classroom Furniture by Da-Lite Screen Co
Classroom Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Classroom Furniture by Harter
Classroom Furniture by Haskell
Classroom Furniture by Izzy Design
Classroom Furniture by Artopex Furniture
Playground Equipment by Leland
Playground Equipment by EMU
Playground Equipment by Davis Furniture
Playground Equipment by Landscape Forms
Communications Systems by Telecor
Communications Systems by Atlas Sound
HVAC Units by Daikin
Draperies/Blinds by MechoShade
Kitchen Equipment by Berner
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Cambro
Kitchen Equipment by Manitowoc
Kitchen Equipment by In-Sink-Erator
Kitchen Equipment by Lakeside
Kitchen Equipment by Blodgett
Kitchen Equipment by Traulsen
Kitchen Equipment by Hatco
Kitchen Equipment by RPI Industries
Kitchen Equipment by Edlund
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Beverage Air
Kitchen Equipment by True Mfg
Laundry Equipment by Whirlpool
Lockers by Art Metal Products
Lockers by List Industries
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Wire Management by Hubbell Wiring
Wire Management by Cablofil
Draperies/Blinds by Ruskin
Kitchen Equipment by Tubular Specialties
HVAC Units by Big Ass Fan Company
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Guardian
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Roofing by Georgia-Pacific
Roofing by AVAdek
Windows by PPG Industries
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Watt Stopper
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Lighting & Accessories by Gardco Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Axis Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Emergi-Lite
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Activar Construction Products
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Ansul Fire Protection
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Security Systems by Aiphone
Classroom Furniture by Versteel
Computer Furniture by Artopex Furniture
Library/Media Center Furniture by Arcadia
Lounge Furniture by Arcadia
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Arcadia
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Artopex Furniture
Office Furniture by Dauphin
Office Furniture by Allseating
Office Furniture by Artopex Furniture
Office Furniture by OFS
Science Furniture by Mott Mfg
Science Furniture by Safco
Science Furniture by Versteel
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Fiat
Washroom Fixtures by Pro-Flo
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Powers
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
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