Johnson High School

Buda, Texas




Hays Consolidated Independent School District


413,839 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Tom Oehler (PIC); Amber O’Donnell (Project Manager); Cristy Bickel (Senior Project Architect); Scotty Denney (Senior Design Architect); Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, LLC (General Contractor); ARMKO Industries, Inc. (Roofing and Waterproofing); JMK Foodservice & Design Consultants (Foodservice)

The new facility focuses on career and technical education (CTE). The heart of the design is learning on display, taking cues from a shopping mall and placing the CTE spaces along the school’s central commons to support visibility and underscore importance. Flexible corridors and breakout spaces provide opportunities for student-centered learning, encouraging group project work and promoting collaboration, engagement, and cross-disciplinary interaction.

The strategic use of color and materials visually differentiates various programmatic functions and their efficient use of space. A blue ribbon element traces around CTE programs to frame the school’s focus, and wood cladding designates administrative areas. Green accents spotlight collaborative spaces, and orange panel systems and paint define vertical circulation to aid in navigation.

Use of an in-depth benchmarking process resulted in a compact footprint that extends vertically instead of horizontally, reducing construction costs and enhancing safety and security by decreasing the number of exterior entrances. An efficient exterior, abundant natural light, and a rainwater harvesting system also help reduce energy consumption and cost for the district.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by nora systems, Inc.
Physical-Education Flooring by Tarkett USA
Brick/Masonry by Headwaters Resources
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Doors by CECO Door
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Rmax, Inc.
Movable Partitions/Walls by Nana Wall Systems
Movable Partitions/Walls by Moderco
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Roofing by Pac-Clad
Roofing by Reynobond
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Hubbell Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Crucial Power Products
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Globe Fire Sprinkler
Security Systems by Samsung Electronics
Card Systems by HID
Library/Media Center Furniture by TESCO
Office Furniture by TESCO
Lounge Furniture by TESCO
Science Furniture by Kewaunee Scientific
Drinking Fountains by Oasis
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom Accessories by Bradley Corporation
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
Athletic Equipment by Paragon Aquatics
Bleachers/Grandstands by Sturdisteel
Scoreboards/Clocks by Spectrum
Communications Systems by Aiphone
Communications Systems by Care Hawk
Communications Systems by Quam-Nichols
Communications Systems by Atlas
HVAC Units by AAON
HVAC Units by Lennox
HVAC Control Devices by Alerton
HVAC Control Devices by Dwyer
IAQ Devices by Price
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Spectrum
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by PolyVision
Laundry Equipment by Alliance Laundry Systems
Lockers by Penco Products
Waste Receptacles by Bradley Corporation
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