Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
Houston Independent School District
Completion: 2017 Anticipated
136,000 sq. ft.
The 5th Ward is an ever changing and developing district full of rich history in the city of Houston. As the community has grown, the Houston Independent School District has sought to bring better facilities and organizations that serve this area. With the rich history of the sites previous schools in H.P. Carter and E.O. Smith, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men deserved a new school that reflected the history and culture of Fifth Ward.
The Vision for this Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy not only supports the children’s learning but also supports the community. Through several meetings with the community, a vision was set forth that guided the development of the new facility into the 21st Century. The development of this 900 student facility presented in the following booklets set forth the guiding facts, goals and organization of the physical manifestation of the vision of the community.
The new academy will take into consideration the site’s proximity to the main spine of 5th Ward that is Lyons Avenue, while keeping in mind the school’s identity through material selection, visual and pedestrian connections. Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men serves as a smooth transition from K-12 to higher education, so the building will be composed of different types of masonry as well as Trespa panels to liven the building with a collegiate feel. On the interior, the space should provide a comfortable setting for the students to be able to learn.
Because the school is a magnet program in Science and Technology, the building will integrate all the HISD standards and will explore new 21st century technology and how current standards can be expanded to serve Young Men’s students and teachers.