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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Monday, January 22, 2018

 

HISD receives highest honor in school architecture competition

The Houston Independent School District is one of four school districts in the state selected to receive the 2017-18 Caudill Award, the highest honor in the annual Exhibit of School Architecture competition.

The award is facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for projects that exemplify excellence in planning and design of the learning environment.

The four winning projects received at least four stars from six areas of distinction, making them eligible for the Caudill Award, named after Texas architect William Wayne Caudill (1914-1983) whose progressive concepts continue to influence school design.

HISD won for the replacement of Condit Elementary - a school building that had served the Bellaire community for more than 100 years. The interior and exterior design of the new compact, two-story transformational learning environment fulfills the desire of the community for a nontraditional school. Designed by VLK Architects, the visually open facility provides students with a variety of choices for task-specific or casual spaces.

"Condit Elementary is a special school," said Principal Daniel Greenberg. "Thanks to the forward-thinking leadership of HISD, VLK Architects and the community, the learning experience for Condit students reflects the times they are living in: a modern, 21st-century world."

The replacement campus, located at 7000 South 3rd St. in Bellaire, took three years to complete and is one of six new schools that opened for the 2016-17 school year. The $24.3 million  campus was part of the district's 2012 bond program. It serves 750 students from pre-K through fifth grade.

The Exhibit of School Architecture awards are given at the discretion of a 12-member jury (four school board members, four administrators, two representatives from the Texas Society of Architects and two representatives from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The Caudill Award winners were chosen from among 27 projects awarded Stars of Distinction in the areas of community, planning, transformation, design, value and sustainability.

Superintendent Richard Carranza and Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby will accept the award at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30 during the 2018 TASA Midwinter Conference at the Austin Convention Center.

The architectural projects will be on display in the Austin Convention Center exhibit hall Jan. 28-31.




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