Location:Completed: 2019 Architect: Gensler
Presbyterian School is one of the premier education providers in the Houston area and continues to maintain its position by offering the best-of-the-best when it comes to the scholastic experience for their students. Like most growing schools, Presbyterian School knew their strategic growth plan required attention and it was time to ‘Make Room’ on their campus. The School wanted a building that would accommodate innovative teaching methods and provide the best environment for a variety of teaching and learning methods. The School’s capital campaign, Make Room for the Future, was created to raise over $20 million dedicated to expanding their School’s footprint, allowing them to continue and bolster their academic programs. Architecture firm Gensler was brought on to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current and future space needs and included input from parents, faculty, and staff. Once the research was completed, a new campus master plan was developed that answered the School’s critical needs and facility issues. The School wanted a building that invited teachers and students not only to consider innovative and creative teaching and learning but also to see and feel the presence of God all around them all the time. The intentional transparency at the core of the building’s structure provides a daily reminder of the foundation of the School’s Core Values: Reflecting God’s Love. The $25 million, three-story 46,000 square foot Early Childhood and Lower School features indoor areas opening to outdoor play and classroom spaces as well as collaborative spaces that encourage critical and creative thinking. The second phase of the project is to fully renovate and expand the Middle School to better accommodate existing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) initiatives and to create gallery and performance spaces for student and community artists, expand outdoor play areas for Early Learning and Lower School students, and create additional spaces for a growing Arts Program and After-School Programs. The expansion and renovation allows the Presbyterian School to accommodate the school’s growth plan and innovative teaching methods.