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December 7, 2016
Transformation of Granbury High School was featured in the November 2016 issue of American School & University magazine.  GHS was selected for recognition by the magazine for Outstanding Design, which was led by the Huckabee school architectural firm.
Construction at the high school began in November 2014 with principal work completed this fall.  The Buford Thompson Company is the construction manager at-risk for all GISD bond projects and is working alongside Huckabee.
“The reconstruction of Granbury High School transformed a 40-year-old school into a state-of-the-art educational facility that provides choice-drive environments for students and educators,” the article reads.  “The design team partnered with the faculty, students, parents, and the community to rethink the district’s approach to educational delivery.  The team explored emerging pedagogies and technologies and how to build design and furniture selection would support 21st century learning.”
The renovations and additions to the high school campus were part of the $84.9 million bond program approved by Granbury ISD voters in November 2013. Additions were for career and technical education, fine arts, ninth grade academic classrooms, and office area with a secure entry. The plan also included building a robust technology infrastructure for model classrooms throughout the school district.
The design features a collegiate look with Granbury stone used prominently to provide a consistent look throughout the exterior of the building with entry points clearly distinguished for parents and visitors.  Inside, a commons area is the focal point of the interior with the cafeteria, library, and coffee bar similar to a university student center.
The article says the “design centers on the student, providing spaces that are interesting, engaging, and adaptable.  Scope included the addition of a ninth-grade wing and a career and technology wing, improvements to fine arts, and the design of an open-concept student union, dining hall, and media center where students can gather to collaborate, socialize, and study.”
Academic departments are grouped, with teachers having common office areas to meet individually with students, for tutoring, and for collaboration with their colleagues. Hallways are streamlined to provide efficient corridors for student movement and supervision. In addition, CTE programs are centralized in the back of the building with a separate secure entry as well as classrooms and labs designed specifically for those specialized programs.
The front of the building features a new wayfinding trellis and courtyard area with a parent drop-off and pick-up lane that aligns with Pirate Drive.  In addition, the school has new parking lots as well as a new area for the bus transportation hub and marching band practice grid.
“The solution creates a uniform aesthetic for a previously disjointed building,” the article concludes.  “The exterior is primarily stone and stays true to the masonry culture of the community.  New facades and treatments to existing facades modernize the facility and mimic the style of a collegiate campus.”
The high school project was previously highlighted in the August 2015 issue of District Administration magazine, which focused on new and improved school facilities with GHS highlighted on the cover and feature article. 

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