Creating synergies between a range of career programs to help prepare students for the jobs of the future
Lewisville Independent School District has had two career & technical education (CTE) centers for decades: TECC-E serving the east population and TECC-W for the west. TECC-W replaces the Dale Jackson Career Center—an older building not suited for the technological needs of future programs.
Based on the idea that many future jobs do not yet exist, our team designed TECC-W to cultivate integration. Synergies generated by collaboration between programs will forecast the jobs students encounter upon graduation. A modular design for power, exhaust, and furniture allows shop spaces to switch functions with minimal disruption—what is now welding or woodworking space can later become a robotics or renewables shop. The integrative design process also utilized spaces above the shops and kitchen that would typically go unused. Stacking mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and structural systems allow the kitchen to function uncompromised while cosmetology shops exist above.
The flexible design resulted in 94% of the building being educational space—far above the 81% average of comparable regional CTE centers. The larger footprint and updated electrical systems support 21st-century learning and make resources accessible to students without having to leave the classroom, let alone the campus.
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