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Northside High School Addition and Renovations

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IBI Group was tasked with designing a complete remodel of the 355,713 sq. ft. Northside High School, while preserving the architecturally-significant building.


Client
Houston Independent School District
Location
Houston, TX
355,713 sq ft Size
1,700 Students
2019 Completed

Northside High School, formerly Jefferson Davis High School, was built in 1926. A 90,430 sq. ft. addition to the school was completed in 1978 with the addition of several temporary buildings over the years. IBI Group’s scope of work on the 265,283 sq. ft. original facility and additions called for a complete architectural and interior remodel of the building, including an overhaul of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, while preserving the school’s historic architectural facade along Quitman Street. 

In an effort to modernize the facility to accommodate 1,700 students, undersized classrooms were replaced with small group rooms and extended learning centers. Additional windows were installed to increase natural lighting to learning inspiration bars and hallway areas.

A culinary arts and science wing was added to the rear of the campus. The new, open concept Culinary Center features large viewing windows along the hallway, allowing students and staff the opportunity to view culinary arts demonstrations and presentations. The facility provides the space and equipment for two professional kitchens, as well as banquet space, so that students can prepare for real-world experience in culinary arts or hotel management.

The new Performing Arts Center features custom-fitted spaces for the band, choir, mariachi band and dance team. A science wing was created on the second floor to help consolidate the department and encourage collaborative teaching and learning between classes. 

Artwork and specific wayfinding wall colors were utilized throughout the campus. As such, the exterior of the addition conveys the spirit of Northside with its signature purple on the cladding and glass. 

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