Facility Tours

Mission: Possible April 3-5, 2019
Mission: Possible; Planning Great Educational Environments
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

Friday, April 5, 2019

Tour Group #A: Pleasanton ES + CAST Tech

    2 LU/HSW

Schedule
12:00 PM Leave Hotel – box lunch on bus
12:50 PM Arrive at Stop #1 – Pleasanton ES

Pleasanton ES
1:00 – 2:00 PM Tour / Presentation related to Stop #1 (1 hour total duration)
2:10 PM Leave PES
3:00 PM Arrive at Stop #2 – CAST Tech

CAST Tech is a career-themed high school in San Antonio ISD, focused on coding, cyber security, gaming, entrepreneurship and business. It focuses on company-generated projects with industry partners, job shadowing, mentorships and internships. Students can graduate with up to 30 hours of college credit and industry certifications through college/university partners. CAST Tech's innovative campus is a complete renovation of an existing building on the campus of a separate, currently-operating high school, and is an example of a thriving in-district charter school.

Cast Tech   Cast Tech
3:15 – 4:15 PM Tour / Presentation related to Stop #2 (1 hour total duration)
4:25 PM Leave CAST Tech
4:35 PM Arrive at Hotel


Tour Group #B: Holmes HS Auditorium

    1.5 LU/HSW

Schedule
12:00 PM Leave Hotel – box lunch on bus
12:30 PM Arrive at Stop #1 – Holmes HS

Holmes HS
12:45 – 2:15 PM Tour / Presentation related to Stop #1 (1.5 hour total duration)

How to Fit a Square Peg in a Round Hole. Holmes High School Fine Arts Replacement Building

Speakers
Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations, Northside ISD
Jerry Lammers, Principal, Alamo Architects

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This project had all the challenges: demolition of a 55-year-old iconic building, a program that called for a building twice as big as the one it would replace, a tight, sloped site with traffic congestion, and construction to take place in the heart of a continuously occupied high school campus.

The Goal for the 2014 Northside ISD Bond project was to replace Holmes High School fine arts building with a new, state-of-the-art facility comparable to one built for a new high school within the District. The limited site and budget led the project team to re-evaluate the district’s Design Guide with goal of consolidating spaces and reducing square footage without compromising the function of the facility. The new Holmes Fine Arts Center contains all the performing, visual, and theater arts programs for the campus including the District’s first specifically designed mariachi hall. The heart of the building is a 900-seat auditorium with a large stage that contains a full fly loft and orchestra pit.

The presentation will highlight the processes the project team utilized to update and the district’s high school fine arts’ program, innovative design strategies that reduced the building’s foot print, and logistics used to construct the new facility.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how innovative programming can reduce the square footage of a fine arts center while maintaining function and parity across campuses
  • Explore strategies for improving vehicular and pedestrian circulation at existing campuses
  • Learn basic school auditorium components, and functional relationships, and new trends in layouts
  • Explore strategies for constructing new facilities on existing and occupied campuses.
2:30 – 3:30 PM Bonus Presentation (1 hour total duration; held in Holmes Auditorium)

Ten Years of Sustainable School Design Success and a Plan for the Future: An Evaluation of Northside ISD’s Past, Current, and Future High Performance Building Strategies

Speakers
Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations, Northside ISD
Jerry Lammers, Principal, Alamo Architects

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A large, fast growth district, the Northside ISD has had a long history of building energy efficient, low maintenance schools. In 2007, the district adopted a goal of building their future schools to “Green” or sustainable construction standards and piloted two new schools through building certification programs. Since then, the district has built 12 schools each of which have been certified as either TX-CHPS- Designed (Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools) or United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver. With recent updates to TX-CHPS, LEED for Schools, and the Energy Conservation Codes, the district went through a re-evaluation of the high performance building certification programs it uses to determine if these programs were still the best fit and should be utilized for the district’s upcoming 2018 capital improvement bond campaign. The presentation will give a brief overview of TX-CHPS and LEED for Schools, review the Northside ISD’s experience with these certification programs, and the show the direction of the district chose for its future high performance building program.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the basics of TX-CHPS and LEED for Schools
  • Review Northside ISD’s experience with High Performance school design and construction
  • Review Northside ISD’s experience with High Performance school design and construction
  • Review the cost / benefit of some high performance building strategies to determine their inclusion in future construction programs
3:45 PM Leave Holmes HS
4:15 PM Arrive at Hotel


Tour Group #C: Garner MS

    1.75 LU/HSW

Schedule
12:00 PM Leave Convention Center – Box lunch on bus
12:30 PM Arrive at Stop #1 – Garner MS

As one of the older middle schools in the North East ISD, Garner Middle School was outdated and in need of major upgrades in order to keep pace with newer campuses that were being built in the district and surrounding areas. Challenged with master planning a complete campus replacement, Garza Bomberger Architects worked with the District over a period of 4 bond programs to conceptualize and bring to reality this extensive and transformative project. Systematic demolition and replacement brought new facilities to the existing campus, including new science/academic classrooms, fine arts and athletic spaces, administration offices, cafeteria/kitchen, and other support spaces. Most important of all, the entire reconstruction effort maintained campus operation and functionality during all phases of construction, with the ultimate end result culminating in all new campus facilities for Garner Middle School.

Garner MS   Garner MS
12:45 – 2:00 PM Walking Tour / Presentation related to Stop #1 (1.25 hour total duration)
2:15 – 3:15 PM Bonus Presentation – not related to tour location (1 hour total duration; held in GMS Auditorium)

Building Community Trust Through Community Engagement to Pass a Bond

Speakers
Matthew Mann, Ed. D., Pleasanton ISD
Kate Mraw, RID, LPA, inc.
Lowell Tacker, LPA, inc.

Passing a successful bond measure can be a significant challenge for many Texas school districts. When you consider the factors that contribute to bond messaging, the process of listening is just as, if not more, important as how the needs are communicated to the public. Communication is key; in this session, the Superintendent of Pleasanton ISD will share how a district who previously failed two bonds worked collaboratively with their design firm to create a process that engaged the community in a path of discovery and understanding.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the challenges a small district faces when the facility doesn’t match the quality of education
  • Hear from Pleasanton ISD’s Matthew Man, Ed.D. about the importance of engaging your community in a deeper and more integral way
  • Understand the power in the process of discovery and understanding
  • Gain best practices and talking points for passing a successful bond measure.
3:30 PM Leave Garner MS
4:00 PM Arrive at Stop #2 TBD
4:10 – 4:40 PM Walking Tour / Presentation related to Stop #2 (0.5 hour total duration)
4:45 PM Leave TBD
5:00 PM Arrive at Hotel
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