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Johnson High School

Learning on display

  • 413K

    Square Feet

  • $104M

    Construction Value

  • 100%

    Classroom Daylight

  • Buda, Texas

    Buda, Texas

Keeping in mind safety while providing an integrated approach to the district’s growing career technical education (CTE) program

Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) wanted a new facility that focused on career technical education (CTE)—and that was Johnson High School. The heart of our design is learning on display. What’s that mean? We organized career tech spaces along the school’s main corridor to support visibility and underscore importance. Furthermore, flexible corridors and breakout spaces encourage group project work and promote collaboration, engagement, and cross-disciplinary interaction.

Keeping in mind district safety and security concerns, we built vertically instead of horizontally, helping to reduce the number of exterior entrances around the building. The compact building footprint and efficient exterior also contributed to a reduction in energy consumption and cost for Hays CISD.

Creative use of circulation increases the area dedicated to student learning. The main classroom spaces are located on levels two and three and are broken into three main sections: the 9th grade center, the science labs, and the 10th through 12th grade classrooms. Teacher work areas and breakout spaces are dispersed throughout levels two and three.

This new high school allows the district to provide an integrated approach to their growing CTE program.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Cristy Bickel, Principal

Each project is a puzzle, where even the most similar pieces will fit differently. I love finding the right pieces to fit my clients’ needs.

Scotty Denney, Senior Associate

We have the opportunity to shape the world around us and make it what we want; let’s make it something beautiful, inspiring, and creative.

Tom Oehler, Vice President

Delivering our clients value is at the heart of everything we do. Simply being beautiful is not enough, our designs must also be purposeful and efficient.

Cristy Bickel


Scotty Denney

Senior Associate

Tom Oehler

Vice President

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