I-35 Community School District Career and Technical Education Building
ClientI-35 Community School District
The new Career and Technical Education (CTE) building is intended to allow students hands-on learning space, and combines a wood and metal shop with lab classrooms, computer classrooms, and project storage space. The building features an open 8,000 square feet of work space for student wood and metal working activities. The CTE building also houses the maintenance programming with a 16-foot overhead door allowing for large-vehicle storage, maintenance storage supply, and work space.
OPN Architects has partnered with the Interstate 35 Community School District to conduct multiple feasibility assessments and master planning processes since 2009.
The first planning options addressed a need to expand their elementary school spaces, improve their existing high school library space, and complete several deferred maintenance items. The 2009 master plan led to three separate additions to the school, all primarily addressing classroom needs and programming.
In 2015, the district revisited the masterplan, and OPN Architects led a second feasibility and assessment process. The effort sought to maximize I-35’s site usage while planning for future expansions that would include a new auditorium, a fine arts wing, a career and technical education building, a maintenance building, and a bus garage. Several options were tested, and the district decided to move forward with all of the projects with the exception of the bus garage.