Providing Teachers Flexibility at the New Bear Creek Intermediate

Keller, Texas ' VLK Architects proudly announces the opening of the additions and renovations to Bear Creek Intermediate School. The changes to this campus were completed and ready for student, faculty, and staff use on their first day of the 2016-2017 school year, Monday, August23rd. '

The additions and renovations to Bear Creek Intermediate was one of twelve proposed projects in Keller Independent School District's bond referendum. After voter approval in November of 2014, VLK Architects was awarded the project and worked with the district to create a design that provides innovative solutions to the schools growing student population.

'It is beneficial for the end user to be part of the discussion at the on-set of a project because no two spaces are alike or have the same needs,' said Lauren Brown, VLK Project Director. 'I gained a greater appreciation for the culture of Bear Creek Intermediate during the multiple site visits that took place during design process.There is a high level of appreciation for details that go into a design that is meant to address diverse student population needs and collaborative learning.'

The additions to this project totaled over 11,000 square feet and added a pod containing 6 new classrooms and a collaborative space to the east side of the existing facility. VLK also made changes to the parking lot and bus lanes to allow for ease of traffic. Renovations included integrating flexible learning space into the existing building so that the entire campus can benefit.

'We were excited for our teaching staff and students to move into the new and renovated spaces at Bear Creek Intermediate,' said Hudson Huff, Keller ISD's Executive Director of Facilities. 'The new collaborative instructional spaces will allow teachers greater flexibility with the various learning environments in their building. We appreciate the time the staff at VLK Architects has taken to listen to our staff and then incorporate these designs in a way that will improve the educational experiences of the students in our district.'