Bond Updates - Bridgeland High School

Project Report

Bridgeland High School official address: 

10707 Mason Rd.,
Cypress, TX 77433 

Groundbreaking date: August 10, 2015
Percent Complete: 100%
Completion date: October 15, 2017
Square Footage: 573,468 SF
Dollar Value: $140,839,671

Name of Developer: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Developer Contact:  Lona Shipp

Developer Marketing Contact: Lona Shipp


Project Brief:

This project is a master planned 128-acre site for Pre-K-12 learning including elementary, middle and high school facilities all on one campus. Ultimately serving approximately 5900 students, the design was developed as a collaborative effort with the administration and curriculum teams of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (“CFISD”), with the intent to foster collaboration across all grade levels with student interaction and teacher collaboration. This allows advanced students to take advantage of advanced coursework in the adjacent facilities and promotes mentorship based relationships with higher grade level students acting as mentors for their younger peers.

All three facilities share a common, large outdoor learning space with various age appropriate embedded learning elements designed into this common learning courtyard, but also by design providing distinct age-specific outdoor learning and play areas that are for each individual campus where the buildings act as the separator for common and specific age outdoor spaces. All campuses are designed with a variety of flexible classroom configurations and various collaboration and extended learning opportunities. Transparency was a definite design driver desired by CFISD to provide connections between various learning spaces, to create curiosity and pique the interest of the learners with the ability to see activities in the different learning environments and, to allow passive supervision of collaborative student groups which can exist outside the formal classroom environment.

Throughout the campuses, embedded learning tools to facilitate instruction are built into the physical building allowing teachers and curious students to utilize these elements to further their learning objectives, either thru formal instruction or independent investigation. The intended outcome is a learning environment which provides a continuum of learning opportunities from Pre-K thru 12th grade and a true Education Village.


General Contractor:
Kevin Downs, Senior Project Manager
[email protected]

IBI Group
Mark R. French, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Principal

Kenneth Roland, Senior Associate  (he goes by Kenny)
[email protected]

Brooks &Sparks (CIVIL)
Jim Eggleton, Associate Principal
[email protected]


Distinguishing Feature: 

4-story academic tower with central library expressed on the exterior as a key architectural feature symbolizing the intent of developing lifelong learners.


Chronological History: 

Design Timeline:           

Contract Agreement Signed: April 4, 2014

Schematic Design: June-August 2014

Design Development: September-November 2014

50% Review: February 17, 2015

75% Review: March 30, 2015

95% Review: June 5, 2015

CSP Bids: July 14, 2015

Construction: August 10, 2015

Completion: October 15, 2017

Any Obstacles Overcome: 

Design Obstacles:  Site challenges and restrictions, including existing easements and site access, were fluid during the design process as the property boundary and adjacent roadways were still being established as a joint effort between the developer and district design teams while the project was being developed and designed. After the initial site design was generally accepted the discovery during surveys that an existing pipeline easement was not in the location originally believed required creative modifications to the original design. Taking this challenge and turning it into a key design element was created by turning the pipeline easement into a pedestrian pathway to connect master planned residential community pedestrian way and provide a end node of this path on the education complex site. It also created shared common space between all grade level campuses which is utilized as an outdoor learning environment with the high school. Working collaboratively with the developer and district to prioritize access and infrastructure timelines to align with building construction timeline needs was an ongoing and challenging task that all involved worked diligently on together as various challenges appeared as construction proceeded, with Hurricane Harvey providing the final challenge the week before school was scheduled to start.

Financial Stability: 

Environmental Impact (or lack thereof): 

Bridgeland High School is the District’s first 4-story high school.  As a Collaborative for High Performance Schools-designed facility, the smaller footprint of the building allowed the District to purchase a smaller site, reduce the amount of impermeable surfaces, and preserve open spaces and provide natural daylight and views to all primary classroom spaces.



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