Houston ISD Lamar High School
Lamar High School is a comprehensive, project-based, International Baccalaureate program with Career and Technology options located in the River Oaks area of Houston, Texas. The 2012 Houston ISD bond called for a complete overhaul of the existing school. To support a truly 21st learning environment, the design team has taken a bold new approach to how a school campus is organized. The existing 1936 art deco structure is preserved and reprogrammed to include a faculty day care center, central administration, Performing Arts, Career and Technology Education, Special Education, and JROTC spaces including approximately 134,000 SF of renovation. A new, state of the art, 300,000 SF facility will hold the core academic programs and connect to the existing building via a second level bridge.
The new academic spaces are designed around open and flexible cohort spaces that allow for a variety of teaching methods and learning styles, integrated technology, and a collaborative project-based learning curriculum. There is no central library and no central cafeteria. Each cohort has its own learning center and dining pod where hot food is delivered from the kitchen on the lower level. Athletic facilities, locker rooms, and a 500-car parking garage will also be housed in the new building. The athletic facilities include a 30m competition natatorium, and three court multi-use gymnasium that seats 750. The parking garage allows the site to include a full track, football, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and one and a half practice fields.
Completed while at Perkins+Will, Patrick Glenn served as the Managing Principal while Nick Nepveux served as the Educational Planner and Project Designer working on all stages of schematic design through the beginning stages of construction.