Campus Improvements Underway at Burges High School

May 14 marked a day of celebration for the El Paso Independent School District (El Paso ISD) in Texas. Students, staff, and community members gathered alongside DLR Group, recently ranked the #1 Education Design firm by BD World Architecture, to officially kick off construction for improvements to Burges High School. DLR Group’s design offers updated academic, athletic, and performing arts spaces to enrich learning opportunities at the reimagined campus.

Burges High School Renovations and Additions in El Paso, Texas by DLR Group. Rendering © DLR Group.

Located in the Cielo Vista neighborhood on the east side of El Paso, Texas, Burges High School was originally constructed in the 1950s. The facility needs significant upgrades to bring it into the 21st Century and to create future-ready learning environments. DLR Group’s design features learning neighborhoods, which consist of classrooms surrounding flexible, blended academic spaces that encourage students to work collaboratively. A combination of one- and two-story, new and renovated buildings unify the campus, create learning adjacencies, and frame a new central outdoor courtyard. The courtyard provides outdoor environments for class-sized groups, individual study, and student performances. A building addition for the fine arts also lines the central courtyard, announcing the school’s arts programs to the campus and community. Athletic improvements include a new entrance and pre-function space. The existing lobby in the main gym has been transformed into a tall volume space, creating a welcoming space for athletes and visitors alike.

“One of the academic buildings situated next to the baseball field is elevated, allowing unobstructed views from the courtyard to the field. Elevating the building creates a connection between academics and athletics and also provides shade and weather protection for students using the outdoor learning spaces,” says DLR Group Associate Paul Kweton, AIA.

Burges High School is designed to accommodate 1,500 students in grades 9 to 12. The $47.2 million project is part of the $668.8 million bond referendum approved by El Paso voters in November 2016. DLR Group is partnering with local firm MNK Architects to provide architecture and interior design services.