Pasadena ISD Early College Annex Program
IBI Group led the architecture and interior design for the Pasadena Independent School District’s new early college annex program to accommodate the District’s growing advanced studies program at three schools:
- Sam Rayburn High School
- South Houston High School
- Pasadena Memorial High School
ClientPasadena Independent School District
Preparing students for higher education
As part of the growing Early College Annex program, students could earn early college credits, offering a seamless transition between PreK-12 and higher education. Sam Rayburn High School and South Houston High School were both newly constructed facilities, whereas Pasadena Memorial High School repurposed their existing CTE facility that had long outlived its building life cycle.
Each learning facility was similarly designed as a two-story freestanding school for approximately 350 high school and mimicked college environments by featuring:
- ten classrooms;
- two science labs with prep areas;
- large multi-purpose rooms;
- collaborative spaces;
- cafeteria/flex areas, including warming kitchens; and
- a lobby, administrative offices and ancillary spaces.
Classrooms and learning areas include marker walls, tack walls, interactive short throw digital projectors, multiple display monitors and one-to-one technology supported by both hardwired and wireless network systems. Interior areas include flex spaces to encourage independent and small group learning.
Branding and environmental graphics incorporate school colors and the campus mascot, inspirational words of encouragement, and future education and professional themes.
Site improvements made use of existing grounds, but also provided additional parking, service drives, landscaping with irrigation, athletic hills and sidewalks to connect to the existing campus.