John Cooper School Rock Math & Science Center

The Woodlands, Texas

The John Cooper School recently expanded their campus with the addition of a 56,000-s.f. STEM Building for their middle and upper schools. The adopted campus master plan positions the building as the fourth side of the upper/middle school quadrangle and establishes the new facility as a gateway to the entire southern part of the campus.

Given the remarkable upswing in STEM education in the past few years, John Cooper School challenged our design team to not only provide a state-of-the-art facility but one that provides multiple collaborative learning opportunities within the classrooms and throughout the three-story “forum” that connects all the spaces. Each room is designed to be dual functioning, both to facilitate laboratory opportunities and classroom needs. Interactive vertical space within the forum allows for idea testing and experimentation to occur in full sight of all who move through the space. Roof gardens are a major part of the learning/teaching environment, and benefit the middles school sciences and the upper school biology classes.

The project opened for the 2016 school year.