KIPP Austin Public Schools North Campus

This project converted a 190,000-square-foot traffic control equipment manufacturing facility in to a K-12 charter school that accommodates 1,800 students. The new campus includes the following:
– Elementary school – 29 classrooms, a computer lab, and an indoor PE room
– Middle school – 31 classrooms,a computer lab, an indoor PE room, and a band room with sound transmission class (STC)-52.
– High school: 40 classrooms, five science labs with prep area, a computer lab, library, band and practice rooms with STC-52, weight room, and dance studio.
– Common areas – Kitchen, cafeteria, and two gymnasiums
– Outdoor athletic areas – Soccer field, three outdoor basketball courts, two playscapes, a four square court, and hop-scotch area

American Constructors re-purposed the existing building and re-used 90% the existing building structure and envelope. Not only were a new windows and entrances added to the existing tiltwall facility, but the steel structure and roof deck for a 15,000 square foot area in the heart of the building was removed and replaced in order to accommodate a new gym and assembly space. A public face that was once a windowless concrete wall overlooking an overgrown field has been transformed into enlivened two-story façade with views of a new athletic field and a playground woven into an existing grove of live oaks. To improve efficiency and owner operating costs, high performance glazing systems were installed at all openings and a new high SRI roof was installed which garnered a $60,000 utility rebate for the owner.

Owner KIPP Austin Public Schools
Architect STG Design, Inc.
Engineers Stantec
Type K-12 Projects
Square Footage 174,103 square feet
Location Austin, Texas
Awards
  • ABC National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
  • ABC Central Texas Excellence in Construction Eagle Award

“American Constructors’ thoughtful foresight in planning and scheduling, their ability to effectively manage subcontractors to drive projects to completion, and their ability to think creatively to overcome obstacles, in our opinion, makes them stand out among their peers.”

 

Choquette Hamilton, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer