INSIDE HEERY
SEP
2018
Energy Institute High School Celebrates Grand Opening of New Campus

Energy Institute High School’s new 114,000 square foot, 12-acre campus is certainly one to celebrate as it supports the school's core curriculum dedicated exclusively to preparing students for careers in the energy sector. A dedication ceremony was held on September 19, 2018 to commemorate the new facility as a beautiful, modern learning environment equipped with all the tools students need to succeed. CBRE | Heery’s Houston-based program management team joined students, staff and local and state officials to recognize this one-of-a-kind building.

 

CBRE | Heery Project team members pictured left to right: Lexi Stroescu, Sr. Project Manager, Mark Crippen, Sr. Construction Project Manager, Gary Whittle, Sr. Program Manager, and Chris Fields, Managing Director.

Houston Independent School District’s Energy Institute High School opened in 2013 and is the first magnet school in the U.S. to offer a school-wide energy theme. Students focus in one of three pathways: geosciences, alternative energy, and offshore technology. The school emphasizes project-based learning, an educational concept where students utilize their critical thinking and communication skills in collaborative groups with their fellow peers.  

 

CBRE | Heery was instrumental in articulating Energy Institute’s guiding principles to the design and construction teams on the project, ensuring the new campus fully supports the school’s vision, values, hopes and ideals. The campus includes three buildings organized around a large central courtyard. The design excels in accommodating the project-based learning concept with a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces for collaborative work and project development. All of the spaces lend themselves to whatever is deemed necessary for instruction at that time, which is especially important to the teachers at Energy Institute, who take the time to get to know their students. The school reflects a high-tech corporate environment and includes eight science labs, eight CTE labs, four learning communities, and flexible spaces such as TED Talk rooms, learning stairs and outdoor neighborhoods. In keeping with the 21st century design, abundant natural light can be found throughout the campus.

 

CBRE | Heery’s Houston program management team provided overall planning, project management, design review, bid/award phase services, construction management, FF&E, move coordination, project closeout and warranty phase services for this $37 million ($29.5 million construction value), 800 student capacity school.

Everyone, including students and parents, contributed to the success of the project.
CBRE | Heery worked diligently to keep the community engaged in the project’s progress, making frequent presentations and holding Q&A sessions at monthly meetings attended by various stakeholder groups including students, teachers, parents and community members. Each were committed to making the new Energy Institute more than just a building, but a environment where innovation and progress strive.