Schematic Design Video
February 19, 2018
The building will consist of three east-west oriented wings. A two-story academic wing to the south, a fine arts and food service wing in the center and the athletic wing to the north, closest to the stadium. The three wings will be connected by a “main street” corridor through the center. The building orientation will play an important role in energy efficiency. Maximizing the windows on the north and south of the wings, where the sun can be controlled, and minimizing openings on the east and west facing walls, will significantly reduce utility costs. The space created between the wings will be developed as secure outdoor learning spaces for the students and faculty. The Academic Wing will be the location of the main entry, the administration, and academic classrooms arranged in small learning communities. The Fine Arts Wing will have an 800-seat auditorium, band, choir, drama, dance and art teaching areas. The east end of the wing will be the location of the cafeteria and food preparation areas. The Athletic Wing will have competition and auxiliary gymnasiums, locker rooms and associated support spaces. Along with the outdoor learning courtyards, site amenities will include visitor, faculty and student parking along with a paved, dedicated marching area for the band. WRA Architects is released to further develop the design, integrate structural and mechanical systems and finalize the building materials and finishes for the facility. The architects are on schedule to show a more developed animation to the board in June, which will showcase the refined design, and be expanded to include images of all the key interior spaces. New Community High School is still on schedule to break ground in late fall of 2018 and open in August of 2020.
January 24, 2018
Community Independent School District, a Collin County district serving grades pre-K through 12, is in the design stage for a new high school to be located just south of the current high school off FM 1138 in Nevada, Texas. The high school will be 193,000 square feet and have an initial capacity of 800 students. WRA Architects of Dallas is designing the school.
Community ISD and WRA Architects have worked to make the design process collaborative and include input from parents, teachers, students, administrators, and district support staff. “The fact that this bond issue was given such thoughtful consideration and support is truly a reflection of a community that cares deeply about educating our children,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens. “We are counting on the continued input and guidance of our stakeholders as we implement the bond program.”
The District plans for the new high school to be a marquee of the community. Derrick York, an Associate at WRA Architects, commented that this high school will “not just be a building for students and teachers but also a building for the community. Events after hours, performances in the performing arts center, and sporting events in the gym will bring the building to life within the community.”
“The District is committed to providing complete transparency throughout the bond program,” said Board President Mike Shepard. “We are also excited about embracing the accountability that comes with the voters’ approval of this investment in our children and the future of Community ISD.”
Jeffrey C Miller, AIA, LEED AP, is WRA's principal-in-charge of this project. He commented, "Community ISD has a wonderfully innovative approach to education, and working with them on bringing their vision to life on a new high school has been very exciting for our design team."
The new high school is one of many projects to be completed due to the success of the November 2017 Bond Election. The projects will be completed in three different phases over the next 10 years.
Construction for the new high school will start in the end of 2018. The new high school is scheduled to open Fall 2020.