Klein ISD Network Operations Center is a renovation and reconstruction project that was designed to house the school district’s network and IT departments, while also providing space for the district’s Alumni Center.
The Operations Center sits on the site of the old Klein ISD High School building. The task was to create a space that would suit all the user requirements yet retain the history and feel of not only the original school, but also incorporate the strong community ties. Upon demolition of the original school, special care was taken to retain some of the historic building materials to be given new purpose in the modern facility.
The curtain wall and chimney accents were designed to reflect the image of the original high school while concealing a structure with the ability to protect the district data in the event of strong storms up to F3 tornados and CAT 4 hurricanes.
In the alumni center, the window design and placement and wood ceiling beams are reminiscent of the original school. The design took care to incorporate the salvaged material such as the old scoreboard, a few lockers and old gym floor boards into the alumni center room to retain the history of the original school building and the closely connected German community while creating a new, high-tech environment with a the purpose of protecting the data used to run the district.