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James Reese Career & Technical Center

Architecture, engineering, and design that builds bridges from classroom to career

  • 165K

    Square Feet

  • 13

    CTE Career Programs

  • $49M

    Construction Value

  • Sugar Land, Texas

    Sugar Land, Texas

We intentionally designed this center to feel like a 3D textbook bridging the gap between the educational and professional worlds

Located outside of Houston, Texas, the James Reese Career and Technical Center (CTC) responds to the Fort Bend Independent School District’s desire for more career exploration opportunities and enhanced partnerships with local businesses.

As prime architect, we intentionally designed the CTC to feel like a professional commercial environment, replicating spaces students will see in the workforce. Organizing the building around four career communities, we gave each its own shared breakout and classroom spaces, teacher work rooms, and libraries. Strategically placed multipurpose spaces allow for independent study while also encouraging collaboration.

However, construction unearthed a historic cemetery where 95 individuals believed to be part of a convict-leasing program in the late 1800s following the abolition of slavery were buried. A task force was established to determine how to respectfully respond to the discovery. Ultimately, the Sugar Land 95 were reinterred with dignity, laid to rest where their remains were originally found. To honor and respect the cemetery, our team de-scoped and redesigned approximately 31,000 SF of planned instructional space.

In the end, the new facility provides classrooms, labs, and collaboration space to support multiple career-advancing programs and promote continued economic growth in the community.

At a Glance

TASA/TASB Awards, Caudill Finalist, Stars of Distinction: Design, Value, Community, Planning, 2020
Learning By Design Architectural Awards, Honorable Mention, 2020
Meet Our Team

Jennifer Henrikson, Principal

Architecture leaves a permanent footprint for all to see; as architects we should always consider the mark we will leave with our work.

Scott Klaus, Principal, Senior Design Architect

A great pleasure in life is doing what others say you can’t.
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Cynthia Labelle, Principal, Buildings

My superpower is problem solving and creativity—I look for the big picture and work to connect the dots.

Jennifer Henrikson


Scott Klaus

Principal, Senior Design Architect

Cynthia Labelle

Principal, Buildings

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