Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in the state of Texas, serving almost 200,000 students across 276 school campuses. Counsilman-Hunsaker recently provided design and engineering auditing services for several of the schools that serve the community of Houston.
Bellaire High School
The new Bellaire High School includes the design of three new wings - academic, fine arts, and physical education. The physical education wing features two gyms, a natatorium with a 4,650 sq. ft. an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. The new academic wing incorporates an existing science wing and features multiple flexible learning areas to further student collaboration. The fine arts wing includes a 900-seat auditorium, black box theater, and spaces for debate, music, and dance.
Completed in 2021
Stephen F. Austin High School
An audit was performed on the aging high school facility to determine substandard items in the four-lane, 25-yard lap pool and the associated mechanical systems and support spaces. Current systems were evaluated against the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) and compared with the other existing natatoriums around Houston ISD. In addition, an opinion of the probable construction cost for long-term and short-term solutions was provided for recommended repairs which will bring the pool up to current industry swimming pool design standards.
This audit was provided with support from Rice & Gardner Consultants Incorporated. Completed in February 2021
Design of practice pools at three facilities: Milby High School, Yates High School, and Washington High School.
The new natatorium buildings feature a significant garage-style overhead with coiling doors that allow fresh air inside. The four-lane, 25-yard practice pools were identically designed at all three facilities.