Officials with Stantec, the company chosen to design the new campus, presented the board of trustees with renderings at the Jan. 30 board meeting. The $111 million high school, located at 180 Sorters McClellan Road, Kingwood, is set to open in August 2022. The school is funded by the $200 million district bond approved by voters in May 2018.
Stantec Senior Principal Laura Sachtleben said the campus will include numerous athletic fields and focus on career and technical education programming. The campus courtyard, which has a combination of concrete, turf and shaded structures, is the center of the school's design. Students will be able to eat and have class in the courtyard, she said.
"It gives that visual connection to the outdoors, and it also enabled us to give [daylight] in all the classrooms," Sachtleben said. "If the building is too compact, you have a lot of classrooms that don't have a lot of natural light at all. So the classrooms in this building have a lot of natural light."
The two-story school is set to open with a capacity of 1,350 students, but ithere will be room on the property to expand the school to 2,250 in the future if needed, said Scott Powers, executive director of public relations at NCISD.