VLK Architects' Project, Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center, Awarded Five Stars of Distinction

(Fort Worth, Texas) – The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) have announced that 46 projects will be included in the 2021-22 Exhibit of School Architecture. 18 architectural firms submitted projects from 33 school districts and three colleges. Eligible projects are newly constructed or renovated public education facilities completed in the past five years and not previously submitted in this annual exhibit. Katy ISD’s Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center received five Stars of Distinction, including Design, Value, Innovation, Community, and Transformation.

“With the construction of the Agricultura Sciences Center, Katy ISD was able to provide active learning opportunities about agriculture, animals, and nature in an effective, modern environment,” said Lisa Kassman, Executive Director Facilities, Planning, and Construction of Katy ISD.

The Exhibit of School Architecture awards are given at the discretion of a 12-member jury, which includes: four school board members, four school administrators, and four members from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Southern Region. The juried exhibit awarded Stars of Distinction for Excellence to 22 projects in one or more of the following six areas: design, value, innovation, community, planning, and school transformation. Having received five of the six Stars of Distinction awards, Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center is eligible for the Caudill Award, announced in January 2022. This award is the highest designation given by the juried exhibit.

This comprehensive expansion of the existing Agricultural Sciences facility was born with the realization of increasing expectations for student preferences, graduation requirements, and growth in the district and community usage. Serving the district’s K-12 population of over 87,000 students, this facility was built on the important historical aspects of the agriculture industry that has existed in this community for decades. This modernized structure incorporates agriculutre instruction, rodeo, and a venue for traditions occurring in the community.

“The design of this facility was truly a community effort that began in 2013 with the formation of a design committee made up of community members, business leaders, rodeo and FFA members, students, teachers, and administrators as well as family members of the individuals that the facilities were named after,” said Todd Lien, AIA, Managing Partner of VLK Architects. “The resulting buildings and grounds reflect the strong history of Agricultural Science in the Katy area and Katy ISD.

About VLK Architects: With offices throughout Texas, VLK Architects provides architecture, planning, and interior design services to automotive, K-12, higher education, corporate, and institutional clients throughout Texas. For more information, please visit our website: www.vlkarchitects.com.