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Huckabee Ranked in ENR Top 500

By | Industry

Huckabee once again ranked amongst Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms, climbing 13 spots to #221. The list ranks A/E firms across the nation based on revenue for design services performed in the previous year. Huckabee has continued to grow and expand our presence across Texas in recent years. We currently have over 260 employees—representing a holistic set of services—across six offices. Notably, our San Antonio office relocated in the past year to a new, larger space that reflects our dedication to creative and engaging work environments. We also held a multi-day staff retreat called CampACE, which focused on culture, professional development and community excellence.

At Huckabee, we are committed to, and known for, design innovation, technical excellence and personal service. We have exclusively served educational clients in Texas for 52 years, completing over 3,500 projects and greatly impacting students and educators. Our commitment to Texas education has led Huckabee to be a leader in learning environments and a trusted advisor to many. We are honored to serve students, educators and communities, and we will continue to focus on doing and being MORE for our clients.

Click here to view the full list of ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms.

Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners

By | Client News

From life-sized animals to enchanting murals, the new Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners brings art, learning and play together for young students in Mansfield ISD.

The academy opened in January 2019 and serves eligible Pre-K students in Mansfield. Its campus mission statement and purpose “is to improve the school readiness of young children using creative, hands-on, interactive experiences within a research-based early childhood program.”

Every space in the academy is designed to create an experience for young learners. Rather than traditional classrooms, the academy is divided into four pods and sixteen distinct learning experiences. From the deep sea and the savanna to space and Wonderland, students are encouraged to explore new places and concepts—all while building literacy, numeracy and social skills.

“I feel like these experiences have brought learning to life for them,” one teacher at the academy commented.

Research has consistently associated higher student achievement and engagement with active learning. The academy provides ample opportunities for Pre-K students to dive into active learning through meaningful, age-appropriate experiences. Notably, the students get to enjoy these experiences every day—a feature that makes this school one-of-a-kind.

“I am honored by the opportunity we have to help transform the landscape of early childhood education. This facility is truly unique, and we are so excited about the possibilities and the future ahead for Mansfield ISD students.”

Chris Huckabee, AIA, Chief Executive Officer

The exterior of the school is modern yet blends seamlessly with the surrounding neighborhood. Inside, the space is progressive. Flexible furniture and technology are used alongside interactive learning displays to promote excitement and interest in curriculum. The four themed pods (which house four learning experiences each) align along a main corridor. Pods also include multi-purpose space for activities, large-group collaboration, instruction and family-style dining.

In the short time since the academy opened, teachers have observed significant student progress.

“My students have learned vocabulary words that I never would have imagined,” one teacher remarked.

From counting to collaboration to fun new words, the Dr. Sarah K. Jandrucko Academy for Early Learners is preparing students for the future by providing highly-visual, engaging and exciting experiences every day.

GCISD Tech Center Featured

By | News

Goose Creek CISD’s new technology center—completed in partnership with Huckabee—was recently featured in Civil Engineering, the Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The magazine’s article highlights the technology center’s unique design, which allows the building to withstand certain severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes. Goose Creek CISD is located just East of Houston, which like any city along the coast, is vulnerable to tropical weather.

The 2-story, 32,400 square foot technology center stores crucial district data and provides space for training and storage. A hardened, 2,000 square foot area within the building protects computer servers and can withstand wind speeds that are roughly equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Huckabee served as the architect and the structural engineer for this project. To read the full article, please click here.

Red for Ed

By | News

On May 9th, Huckabee employees across Texas wore red to show our support of public schools. Red for Ed is a nationwide effort that raises awareness about public school legislation and funding.

At Huckabee, our heart is in education. So today and every day, Huckabee will stand with educators across our great state to support a bright future for all students. To learn more about Red for Ed, please click here to visit the National Education Agency’s website.

Advanced Manufacturing Lab

By | Higher Education

Grayson College recently unveiled a new addition to the college’s Career and Technology Center—the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, which was completed in partnership with Huckabee. The project is part of a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion to enhance Grayson’s learning environments for the 21st century. The Advanced Manufacturing Lab will directly impact students in North Texas by providing access to high-growth career opportunities.

The new 6,800-square-foot space is used as a middle skills shop and includes a manufacturing classroom, industrial machinery, instructional space, storage and an office. It houses seven new lathes and mills. This space provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of highly-technical, advanced manufacturing.

Grayson College has a rich tradition of true-to-life workforce programs and strong community ties, and the Advanced Manufacturing Program is no exception. The program was made possible through partnerships between local manufacturing companies and the college, along with educational grants.

The effects of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab will be far-reaching for the community of North Texas. Due to low unemployment in the area, the manufacturing industry needs more skilled workers. In the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, students will be able to develop significant skills, relationships and understanding of various machinery in order to prepare for successful careers.

LEsolutions Award

By | News

Huckabee and Georgetown ISD recently received a 2018 LEsolutions Planning and Design Award in the new learning category for George Wagner Middle School. The LEsolutions Planning and Design Awards recognize excellent learning environments that are the result of a thoughtful, thorough planning process. We are honored to receive this award and excited to share it with all the individuals who came together to make this project a reality.

Wagner Middle School was part of a district-wide initiative to redefine the Learner Profile for students in Georgetown ISD. Community members, teachers, students and other stakeholders engaged in meaningful dialogue through educational summits, surveys and interviews to arrive at a new Learner Profile—one that emphasized choice, customization and innovation.

The new Learner Profile ignited an exciting, highly-collaborative planning and design process. The team was fully invested, making sure everything about Wagner Middle School pointed back to the district’s vision of an innovative and inquisitive learner. As a result, the final design embodies a place of purpose and exploration, a place that gives students freedom and responsibility in choosing how they learn.

Within the school, academics are broken into three learning neighborhoods with movable glass walls in the classrooms for maximum flexibility. The campus features multiple collaboration zones—including a large learning stair in the cafeteria and commons—for teachers and students. Outdoor learning spaces, a makerspace and a video lab are just some of the ways students can experience learning and embrace creativity.

To read more and view Huckabee’s winning submission, click here.

About the LEsolutions Awards

The LEsolutions Awards recognize learning environments that positively impact learning and teaching and that inspire change and forward progress. The group behind these awards is the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), a non-profit whose sole mission is to improve the places where children learn. A4LE believes that great schools are the result of an interactive planning process, and the LEsolutions Awards highlight schools that came about through sound planning and skillful design.

AIA Honor Design Award

By | News

The new Godley High School received a 2018 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Fort Worth Honor Design Award. AIA is an organization that represents the collective voice of architecture and advocates for a better built environment; AIA’s Awards recognize excellence in contemporary architecture and seek to highlight the ways in which buildings and spaces amaze, inspire and improve lives. Huckabee is proud to share this honor with the individuals who came together to envision Godley High School. We are grateful for Godley’s administration, students and community and their participation and enthusiasm surrounding the project.

Godley High School opened in Fall 2018 and supports a district-wide initiative to evolve educational delivery and create a cohesive learning experience. The design of the school centers around the Center for Learning & Innovation, a large core space that features a café, library, collaboration rooms with movable walls, a film room, learning stair and access to the outdoors. The school also wraps around the district stadium, creating a unique viewing experience for athletic events and allowing the school’s commons and outdoor courtyards to double as public-use space. Throughout GHS, engaging collegiate spaces and flexible elements empower students, emphasize choice and encourage collaborative learning. 

Godley High School Opens

By | Client News

On August 11, Godley High School officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting and open house ceremony. This event provided an opportunity for community members to come together, celebrate the facility and walk the halls before the first day of school. At the event, GISD staff members expressed gratitude and enthusiasm for the school, which will serve the community for years to come.

The new facility is a reflection of the district’s mission to empower students to lead. The flexible, adaptable environment at GHS gives students choice and creates more opportunities for imagination, collaboration and student-led learning. The epicenter of the school is the Center for Learning & Innovation, which features a café, library, collaboration rooms with movable walls, a film room, learning stair and access to the outdoors. This large, open area is reminiscent of a college environment and is designed to accommodate learning in a variety of contexts.

The design also features modern and flexible classrooms, labs and CTE spaces. Media and presentation spaces incorporate 21st century technology and comfortable seating. A vibrant weight room and gymnasium provide space for athletic activities. Outdoor courtyards and ample natural light support the collegiate feel. The high school is 120,000 sf total and can accommodate up to 700 students in grades 9-12. The school will support student learning and growth in a unique, engaging setting.