Sarah Hollenstein Career and Technology Center
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Fort Worth, TX
The goal of the 126,000 square foot center is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. This project was developed using an “inside-out” approach, where designers first looked at the detailed adjacency requirements within each academy. From there, they developed a bubble diagram for the entire building.
Many of the spaces, including the Automotive Technology, Cosmetology and Culinary Arts programs require exterior access, which drove the shape of the facility. Similar programs such as Aerospace Manufacturing, Automotive Technology and Planning & Construction share a back lot and storage space, while computer-related classrooms occupy a quieter portion of the building. Additional programs within the center include Computer Technology, Industrial Electronics, Health Science Technology, Legal Services, Visual Arts and Communications.
The heart of the career and technology center contains a commons area with a conference center to be utilized by the entire district for staff development, conferences and student activities. As an added bonus, the adjacent culinary arts program can cater for special events.