Career and Technical Education Center

CTEC Students Present Concepts to School Board

Dec 15, 2015

Celebration of Learning

At Monday night’s regular meeting of the School Board, December 14, trustees received an an up-close look at final concepts for consideration for an outdoor memorial space at Memorial High School during the Celebration of Learning portion of the board meeting.

But the presentation was not led by the professional architecture firm who designed the school. It was led by teams of architecture and graphic design students at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center who have collaborated all semester on a project that has allowed them to work alongside their instructors and Stantec architects to develop concepts for a space that will be located east of the main entrance.

“Our goal in working with the students at the Frisco ISD CTE Center has been to provide a process structure for their project that is very similar to one that we utilize in our office at Stantec,” said Trey Laird, principal with Stantec Architecture. “We hope that through exploring a real-world design project such as a memorial monument, students learn to employ several different skill sets in articulating a design response that can have a lasting community impact in Frisco.”

The student teams were tasked with designing a concept that reflects and honors the highest ideals of American culture – including those of service, patriotism, sacrifice and freedom – without focusing on any specific war or branch of service. The designs had to incorporate flagpoles for the school, seating to support a public gathering space and materials complimentary to the overall school design. The size of the memorial space was pre-determined by Stantec.

The students' instructors have been thrilled with what this opportunity has meant for students and for the business professionals.

“The students have learned about time management, building legitimate teamwork between group members, presentation techniques, design process and refinement, as well as how to present themselves in a professional manner,” said Clint Floyd, architecture instructor at the CTE Center.

Graphic design instructor Dianna Bacon said, "the interdisciplinary project gave her advanced design students the opportunity to see other career possibilities for graphic artists."

The Board presentation consisted of presentations from three teams who were chosen to move forward from the original six and who refined their projects for this final process of presenting to the Board. The presentation took roughly 30 minutes and a final decision will be made by the Board after the new year.

Project Introduction by Instructors
Team 1 Presentation 
Team 2 Presentation
Team 3 Presentation

Memorial High School will be Frisco ISD’s 10th high school and the fourth new high school to open in four years.  It is currently under construction near Eldorado Parkway and Frisco Street and will open in fall 2017.