VLK contributes to the opening of 59 campuses for the school year 2021-22 | VLK ARCHITECTS


(Fort Worth, Texas) – With great success, VLK Architects is proud to announce the completion of more than 59 Texas public school campuses for the 2021-22 school year. Using the many tools in its repertoire, VLK has crafted over 6.6 million SF in new builds, additions and renovations, ensuring every campus is ready for teachers and students to start a successful school year.

“It has been a year full of new opportunities and challenges in the way we design our work and serve our clients,” said Sloan Harris, CEO | Partner of VLK Architects. “Being able to complete this scale of projects during this school year is truly something that we, our consultants, our construction partners and, most importantly, our school district partners should all be very proud of. We cannot thank our clients enough for the trust they place in us to serve them and the communities they serve.

Notable VLK openings this year include Birdville ISD’s Cheney Hills Elementary School, Crowley ISD Bill R. Johnson CTE Center, Strickland Middle School at Denton ISD, Eastern Hills High School at Fort Worth ISD, Katy ISD Gerald D. Young Agricultural Science Center, and Sherman High School from Sherman ISD.

Birdville ISD – Cheney Hills Elementary School

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Bond of 2018 resulted in the replacement of Major Cheney and Richland Elementary with a brand new school, Cheney Hills Elementary. The location of the new campus is between the two existing schools and includes all programs comparable to the newer elementary schools of Birdville ISD. The design provides a safe and supportive new facility for 750 K-5 students. In addition, it integrates next-generation learning and collaboration environments for students and teachers.

“VLK is honored to be part of the Birdville ISD team and to open this new ‘partner’ elementary school for the district,” said John Klein, Director of VLK Architects. “It’s exciting to be part of the combination of two individual campuses into a new, state-of-the-art campus to accommodate the next generation of learners. “

Crowley ISD – Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

Crowley ISD Bill R. Johnson CTE CenterCrowley ISD Bill R. Johnson CTE Center

The new 210,000 square foot CTE campus adopts a sustainable design, including a geothermal HVAC system, energy efficient cold roof, solar panels and a xeriscape site design. In addition, the new facility accommodates over 12 technical and vocational education programs for students of both district high schools and college academy and dual credit courses. One of the highlights of the career and technical programs is the Culinary Arts courses which teach students to plan, direct and coordinate the activities of a food and beverage organization with the hospitality industry. This program is conducted in a 4000 square foot Culinary Arts Suite, comprising a 1600 square foot Culinary Arts Lab / Commercial Kitchen, Cooler / Freezer, Pantry, Laundry Room, Office, classroom and bistro.

Project partners Steele & Freeman, Inc., recently announced that Bill R. Johnson CTE has won the AGC Texas Building Branch State-Level Outstanding Construction Award for Educational Institutions 3 (over $ 30 million). After winning first place at TEXO, The Construction Association Distinguished Building Awards, this project was eligible for the award.

“Our mission at Crowley ISD is to ensure that every student who walks through our doors has the opportunity to realize their full potential,” said Dr Michael McFarland, Superintendent of Schools for Crowley ISD. “Here’s the key: When they leave our schools, they’ll have more than just a high school diploma. “

Denton ISD – Strickland Middle School

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The Strickland Middle School project includes additions and renovations to modernize the beloved 60-year-old campus. The new design incorporates next-generation learning features that align with current Denton ISD curriculum concepts and cutting-edge technology. The new two-story seventh and eighth grade wing features large and small collaboration spaces, a storm shelter, and science labs. The sixth-year wing incorporates similar collaboration features and includes an ESL hub, a controlled front entrance integrated into an appropriately sized administrative addition, and a two-story library / media center located in the heart of the current campus. The new library / media center was created by removing the first floor above the basement and raising the roof to introduce skeleton windows allowing abundant natural light into the space.

“The professionals at VLK have succeeded in capturing the tradition and culture of Strickland Middle School by transforming an aging facility into a state-of-the-art and highly engaging learning environment. The finished product is not just a feeling of pride in our community, but also a feeling of ownership by our students ”, declared Dr Jamie Wilson, Denton ISD Superintendent.

Fort Worth ISD – Eastern Hills High School

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Developed by VLK | LAUNCH®, Eastern Hills High School additions and renovations will transform the learning experience for students. Upgrades include the main building and gymnasium locker rooms with an addition of 44,645 square feet, a new secure main entrance and a renovated stair tower at the existing east end. Additionally, this project includes renovated administrative and cafeteria spaces, expanded art rooms, an entirely new library and classroom wing, a new college academy, and expanded music program spaces. Additional improvements across the campus include updated washrooms, collaboration areas, and improved accessibility for people with disabilities.

“VLK Architects values ​​our partnership with Fort Worth ISD and appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with educators who have such a passion to give young learners opportunities to grow and learn,” said Lauren Brown, AIA, NCARB, Director of VLK Architects. “Fort Worth ISD does a phenomenal job of focusing on the community and this facility is a symbol of their commitment to educating young learners. Campus spaces have been transformed with a finishing refresh, technology and spaces programmed to meet the current curriculum needs of neighborhood students.

Katy ISD – Gerald D. Young Agricultural Science Center

Katy ISD Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences CenterKaty ISD Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center

The Gerald D. Young Agricultural Science Center provides ample space for student exhibits, expanded parking and future space requirements. It also allows students to extend their learning by engaging in hands-on, project-based learning that puts theory into practice with subjects in environmental science and biology. These facilities integrated in this phase include a multi-purpose indoor outdoor arena, a multi-purpose performance arena, a closed pavilion for the temporary accommodation of animals and a student project center. The design of the facility incorporates the sustainable and efficient concepts of the “Collaborative for High-Performance Schools” (CHPS) program. The facilities use increased natural light, improve indoor air quality, incorporate sustainable materials to improve the educational environment, and provide an easy-to-maintain facility for Katy ISD.

“VLK’s collaborative approach to projects sets them apart from other companies. Their past success in carrying out comprehensive building renovations during the short eight-week summer break is a prime example of their skills, ”said Lisa Kassman, Executive Director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, Katy ISD. “VLK is able to incorporate the physical needs of the facility, the sensitivity of campus needs and district programming, as well as exceptional design and schedule. Our contractors, as well as district staff, rate their performance very strongly. “

Sherman ISD – Sherman High School

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As the only full high school in the district, the new Sherman High School campus features core academic spaces, indoor and outdoor sports, fine arts, and numerous career and tech stores and labs. In the summer of 2017, the Building Bearcats committee made up of parents, teachers, businesses and community leaders met to establish the facility requirements for Sherman ISD. They set out a plan of action, asking the board to vote for projects, including building a new Sherman High School on a new 97-acre site replacing the current SHS (built in 1950). This new campus expands student opportunities, the ability to increase enrollment, and many improvements in safety and security.

“VLK Architects delivered a first-class, state-of-the-art high school at Sherman ISD. Their intentional design reflects our collaborative learning priorities, honoring community history and school traditions, expanding our academic programs , artistic, athletic and technical programs and create classroom spaces where learning and achievement are of paramount importance and highly visible to all who come to the school, ”said Dr David Hicks, Superintendent of Sherman ISD.

Below is a list of Texas school districts that VLK Architects have partnered with to open facilities for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Aledo ISD
  • Azle ISD
  • CIO of Beeville
  • Birdville ISD
  • Brazosport ISD
  • Carrollton-Farmers ISD Branch
  • Clear Creek ISD
  • ISD University Station
  • Columbus ISD
  • Crowley ISD
  • Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Denton ISD
  • Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
  • Fort Bend ISD
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Grandview ISD
  • ISD Hutto
  • Iowa Park CISD
  • Judson ISD
  • Katy CIO
  • Keller ISD
  • ISD of Lake Dallas
  • Lamar DSIC
  • Plano ISD
  • ISD Round Rock
  • Sherman ISD
  • Waller ISD

About VLK Architects: With offices throughout Texas, VLK Architects provides architectural, planning and interior design services to clients in the automotive, K-12, higher education, corporate and institutions all over Texas. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.vlkarchitects.com.

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