Akins High School | Science Classroom Wing  

Austin, Texas 

This new wing addition to the campus at Akins High School in South Austin achieved a Four-Star Rating from the Austin Green Building Program. The building features sun shades on the south-facing wall that shade classroom windows from the hot Texas sun but also reflect indirect light into the classroom. 

Other notable green features include new bike racks and priority parking for carpool vehicles, low VOC paints, and a reflective roof. Fifty percent (50%) of the materials used to build this project were sourced locally in Texas, and ninety-one percent (91%) of the construction waste from this project was diverted from the landfill. In its daily operation, this building uses 30% less water and 24% less energy than comparable conventionally constructed facilities.

Size:  New ~ 15,553 SF

Client:  Austin Independent School District

Components:  10 classrooms and 2 science labs addition to an existing high school campus.

Completion Date:  2010

Services:  Full Architectural Services, Interior Design

Awards:  Four-Star AGBP Rating

Photos by Brent Clifton