North Forest High School10726 Mesa Drive
Houston, TX 77078
Design Achievement – The Houston Independent School District identified a goal to create a 21st Century high school to replace the existing North Forest High School. DLR Group's design process began by working with the client to develop guiding principles through a series of visioning meetings with administrators, staff, students, and community. The outcome was to focus on small learning communities, and safety and security. Located on a site across the street from an existing facility, the school is designed around four small learning communities with open collaborative spaces. Students and staff collaborate throughout the new building, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-curriculum instruction. The SLCs create a sense of community by breaking down the larger population into groups of students sharing similar interests. Transparency and flexibility will foster student interaction and exploration throughout the school. The school's landscape design provides a park-like setting for students and staff.
Scope Summary – The 205,000-SF high school will serve 1,630 students in grades 9-through-12 in four small learning communities. A centrally located community building combines the identities of the four SLCs, and houses student social commons, athletics, and performing arts. Flexible spaces allow the buildings to be configured for a variety of uses. The high school has been designed to LEED Silver status. DLR Group provided architecture, planning, and interior design services in partnership with Page Architects.