Katy Independent School District's SJH Looks Great Inside and Out

A new school designed around collaborative outdoor learning spaces has to look great–both inside and out. Ground Face concrete masonry from Best Block is a perfect way to meet that goal.

The striking White Limestone units used in this project are an attractive, budget-friendly alternative to cast stone.

Katy Independent School District’s 15th junior high school features an all-new architectural design which incorporates the education market’s latest trends and technology.

Designed by Houston’s PBK Architects, the new school features several green spaces and includes outdoor learning gardens and a teaching amphitheater.

In published interviews, Chris Bailey, the school’s assistant principal for student support, says the new junior high emphasizes individualized learning. “Most campuses have only one flexible-use space, but SJH has six such spaces, along with a much more open design throughout that encourages collaboration,” he said.

“The school also has a lot of what I call ‘nooks and crannies’ that provide places where students and teachers can collaborate in groups of various sizes.”

Best Block Ground Face concrete masonry units, proudly sourced and manufactured in Texas, were utilized throughout the facility and are a prominent feature of the building’s main entry and architectural accents.

SJH just wrapped its inaugural school year and has future capacity to serve up to 1400 students.

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