ERO Architects

Andress High School Modernization and Additions

El Paso ISD
  • Client

    El Paso ISD

  • Budget

    $20,970,000

  • City

    El Paso

  • Sq. Ft.

    192,849

Description

In November 8, 2016, El Paso voters approved a $668.8 million bond proposal aimed at modernizing and right-sizing El Paso ISD. The Bond helps EPISD create 21st Century learning environments throughout the District to help facilitate modern, future-ready teaching and learning techniques and invest in athletic facilities, school buses, instructional technology and safety and security measures.

ERO is finding solutions to modernize the 1961-vintage, 1,800-student, Andress High School in far north east El Paso, serving the Sun Valley neighborhood. Five of Andress' buildings, about 132,000 gsf each, were identified as needing modernization through a thorough 2016 building assessment that preceded the bond referendum. This work includes increasing high-value natural lighting, making some areas into flexible learning spaces, changing the ambiance to encourage experimentation and research. Other changes modernize the spaces and laboratories available for Career and Technology Education. The school district is dedicated to ensuring that technology as a tool becomes ubiquitous throughout the school, facilitating individual, project-centric and large group learning.  

The school sits in a floodplain and FEMA requirements limit the type of reconstruction that is financially feasible. Nevertheless, classrooms, technology, utilities and the courtyard will be upgraded to improve the aesthetic appearance, 21st Century characteristics and performance of the campus to inspire students to a higher level scholastic achievement. ERO is using the allowable re-development rights under FEMA regulations to add a new 14,800 gsf fieldhouse and a 45,502 gsf performing arts center.  


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