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
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.
Kevin Downs, Senior Project Manager
Mark R. French, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C
Kenneth Roland, Senior Associate (he goes by Kenny)
Brooks &Sparks (CIVIL)
Jim Eggleton, Associate Principal
4-story academic tower with central library expressed on the exterior as a key architectural feature symbolizing the intent of developing lifelong learners.
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.
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.