Commercial Projects by Market Sector
The Austin Independent School District – AISD Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to enhance the arts experience for all students and staff. The PAC contains a 1200-seat main auditorium, a 500-seat Black Box Theatre, dance studio, 205 capacity multi-purpose room, kiln room and an individual recording studio.
This project involved the redevelopment of Austin’s old Highland Mall into a thriving new academic community for the Austin Community College system. Phase 1 of ACC Highland transformed the 44-year-old building into a regional workforce center. Phase II opened in 2019 and was the renovation of 415,000 sq. ft., expanding the student capacity to 13,000.
Collin College‘s Technical Campus will be located on approximately 31.8 acres on the north side of Ridgeview Drive and approximately ½ mile west of Alma Road in Allen, Texas. This is new construction of buildings totaling approximately 342,000 SF and will include Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Health Science, Automotive, HVAC and Welding Programs. The project is currently under construction and the completion date for the project is scheduled for Fall of 2020.
Eaton High School is a 2,500 student, 525,000 square foot facility, designed to incorporate a project based learning platform with cross curricular instruction. The classrooms are segmented into houses made up of two pods with ten classrooms and one science lab in each pod. In addition to the classroom houses, the facility includes a 30,000 square foot business management and entrepreneurship academy. The campus also includes a flexible library, performing arts center and support spaces, competition gymnasiums, indoor practice field and sports fields. The school will initially have about 1,100 students, only freshmen and sophomores, eventually reaching about 3,000 students. Students live mostly in Fort Worth, Haslet and Newark.
This 2-story conversion of existing South Keller Intermediate School to a new Career and Technology High School. Project included approximately 53,000 sq. ft. of new construction and renovation of approximately 125,000 sq. ft. of existing space. Students in Keller ISD can earn one or more endorsements as part of their graduation requirements at Keller Center for Advanced Learning. There are five endorsement areas from which to choose: Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Public Services, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), or Multidisciplinary Studies.
In order to better accommodate award-winning theater and performing arts programs, Parish Episcopal School engaged BOKA Powell to envision a new building in keeping with the campus’ existing style, crafted by renowned architect I.M. Pei, that houses performance and rehearsal space, as well as a grand lobby that allows for additional pre-function and gathering space. The Noble Family Performing Arts Center will host student performances, community and milestone events, awards ceremonies and high-caliber speakers and cultural events.
The new state-of-the-art facility is a 55,000-square-foot expansion of the campus that will consist of a 515-seat performance hall and a 120-seat black box theater, rehearsal rooms, a film screening room and a dedicated dance studio. It will also house associated back-of house spaces including a scenic shop, dressing rooms and tailoring shop. Other features include a gallery to display student and works by visiting artists, concessions area, storage, offices, a dedicated storm shelter and a relocated loading dock.
The new Sherman high school campus will replace their current high school, and construction is completed. It will serve up to 2,600 9th-12th grade students, providing modern spaces for generations of Bearcats. As the district’s only comprehensive high school, the campus will include core academic spaces, indoor and outdoor athletics, fine arts, and an extensive array of career and technology shops and labs. The campus also features a cafeteria that seats nearly 800 people, an upstairs library, a café, a media center, and an athletic center fit for ESPN. The future campus provides extensive opportunities for students, room for growing enrollment, and numerous safety and security improvements.
During the 2014-15 school year, the 70,000 sf only TCU all-female residence hall was completely renovated. The interior of the building was completely gutted and rooms, hallways and the front entrance were reconfigured as part of the first major change to the building since it opened in 1957. The renovated Colby Hall with 347 residents is now a LEED Gold certified building for its energy, resource-efficient design and construction measures.
The facility will support the University’s commitment to energy efficiency and green architecture. Inside, students and faculty can take advantage of 9 lecture rooms, a full production studio, a financial markets lab and dozens of study nooks, alcoves, lounges and gathering places. A main floor atrium which opens to the second level brings in natural light from the north, east and west through a full height glass curtain wall system. The space is designed to allow reconfiguration as the campus population and its needs change.
UNT has opened its new $12.6 million biomedical engineering building. Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing programs at UNT. The state-of-the-art building will house the Department of Biomedical Engineering and enable distance learning through connectivity and projectors. It will contain two large research labs, three teaching labs and three classrooms, one of which will be tiered and seat approximately 200 students.
The UT Austin EERC (Engineering Education and Research Center) is the University’s new hub for engineering education, research and innovation and serves as a center for multidisciplinary collaboration within the Cockrell School of Engineering. It is also the new home for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the school’s largest academic department.
The EERC signals a movement away from the discipline-specific approach to engineering facilities. With large open spaces, numerous meeting and project rooms, and a makerspace dedicated to multidisciplinary student projects, it is the first UT Austin engineering building designed for cross-departmental collaborations and community-building.