Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Celebrates Groundbreaking for Eagle Mountain High School
Fort Worth, TX – On March 19, 2022, VLK Architects joined Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District (EMS ISD) to celebrate the groundbreaking for the construction of the new Eagle Mountain High School. The school is being built as a part of the bond passed by voters in 2017.
“One of the objectives identified by EMS ISD for Eagle Mountain High School was to maintain equity between all their campuses while providing each campus with its own identity,” said Lauren Brown, Principal, VLK Architects. “The design process over the last two years has used this objective as one of the driving factors of the ultimate solution for EMS ISD’s fourth high school,” she said.
During the design process, educational leaders, students, community, and staff came together to create the vision of the new high school campus and associated facilities through VLK | LAUNCH®, a collaborative approach to gathering stakeholder perspectives. Once complete, the new high school campus will be the largest in the district at 636,000 square feet accommodating 2,200 students.
"We are very excited to see construction begin on Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD’s fourth high school, Eagle Mountain High School,” said Superintendent of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Jim F. Chadwell, Ed.D. “A lot of forethought from our Bond Planning Committee has helped bring this comprehensive 660,000 sq.ft. high school to life. This design will provide engaging learning spaces, incorporate natural light through the building, and maximize energy performance using geothermal systems. However, a school is not just a building, but rather a vibrant place in which students will learn, grow, and excel. Eagle Mountain High School will foster a culture of learning and achievement for its future students' and our growing community."
The design embraces the surrounding landscape as the building accommodates the site’s challenging topography. All classrooms will feature some degree of natural light, and most rooms feature panoramic views of the outdoors. The campus will include a sky bridge to provide easy access to academic wings, outdoor dining areas, fine arts spaces, and athletics. This bridge will also have views of the natural pond and a creek that flows through the site. The design also features a multi-story library with a variety of learning environments, as well as a bistro for social gatherings. Art classrooms will feature a covered outdoor activity deck that can be used year-round, and the pond will feature a dock to be used by the science program.
“Over the next two and a half years the vision of Eagle Mountain High School will become reality for the community to enjoy for decades to come,” said Brown.