After nearly 50 years of renovation and additions, Clear Lake High School in Clear Creek Independent School District was in need of a fresh, organized, and modern campus to match the advancements of their curriculum and reflect the forward thinking of it’s long-time immediate neighbor to the South, NASA.
The new two-story CLHS Rebuild is a model of 21st Century Learning and Design. With Krueger Field House, the 4×4 Science Addition and the Athletics Wing as anchors, the curvilinear building unites the campus providing cohesion and safety for the 2,500 student body. The spacious main street corridor runs the length of the building and serves as the campus spine and circulation. Krueger Field House and the new Auditorium share a gracious light-filled lobby that will serve the needs of the school and community for performances and after hour events. The adjacent fine arts programs are outfitted with new classrooms with acoustical treatments, lighting, ancillary spaces, and necessary site access. The two-story library expands its function by including a technology hub with soft flexible seating and a university style appearance. Fitted with technology to support the district’s tablet initiative, the core classrooms will have flexible furniture and space to accommodate different teaching styles. The classrooms also share collaboration space in the corridors, providing additional alternative learning environments. The science labs are grouped on both the first and second floors to share resources and encourage student and teacher collaboration. The CTE program has prominent visibility from main street
into the labs and classroom space to showcase the available programs and current student achievements. At the conclusion of construction, each academic discipline will have facilities that enhance the program’s curriculum. The phasing plan is designed to be minimally disruptive to the students and staff. Phase one assumes all students remain in their existing classrooms while construction is taking place in the existing south parking lots. In phase two, students will occupy the first phase of new construction, the adjacent Ninth Grade Center and the 1991 classroom building. During the final phase, all students are housed in the new building, the remaining existing buildings are demolished, and the remaining new practice fields and parking lots are constructed. The design of the facility reflects the innovation and forward thinking that Clear Lake High School and Clear Creek Independent School District have become known for in the community.
Including: Full site development of athletic fields and facilities, a 400 seat Performing Arts Center, Modern Learning Commons, Dance gymnasium, and double-height commons
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