Accommodates community growth with a gateway to future learning.
Students in Allen ISD were making a large jump from their neighborhood middle school into the whirlwind of a 6,000-student high school. To ease this transition, Corgan designed the new Lowery Freshman Center campus. Built on the same site as an existing school, this facility leverages current amenities and maximizes the district resources, while increasing student opportunities. The new facility includes an 800-seat performing arts center, black box theater, and rehearsal halls for band, choir and orchestra. Classroom pods increase interaction, while the central spine connects the campus.
The stand-alone freshman campus instills a sense of identity for ninth grade students, while still providing adjacency to the high school. This allows students to seamlessly travel back and forth leveraging dual credit/collegiate classes. High-level of engagement in the design process led to a sense of place and ownership within the community.