Primary and significant projects completed by campus, including key and interesting elements
This section will detail and explain some of the more significant projects by campus. It will appear some of the older campuses did not receive the same level of renovation that others did during the five-year bond program. In these cases, it will be noted if each respective campus received significant renovations during the prior 2013 bond program. The following is a link to a current spreadsheet detailing each authorized project by campus, including budgeted dollars, savings, and timelines for completion.
Coppell High School
Coppell High School received the most comprehensive renovation throughout the entire building since its original construction in 1989. One of the first projects was to totally renovate all the restrooms throughout the building. Some of the restrooms had not been renovated for 27 years since their original construction in 1989. The restroom renovations included all new tile, partitions, lighting, mirrors, ceilings, and fixtures.
The other main renovations included complete hallway and classroom updates including new carpet, paint, ceilings, LED lighting, tile flooring, and marker boards. In the hallways, lockers were removed and replaced with hallway seating areas. The hallways all received new laminate walls to give the building a completely new look and feel.
The main corridor and stairways of the high school were also renovated to give it a totally new look and feel.
Fine arts, including band and choir, received a total makeover to improve the spaces for functionality, instruction, and storage, as well as, give them a totally new, updated feel. The band director worked closely with Corgan, the architect, in redesigning these spaces.
Other projects at Coppell High School are as follows:
- Elevator replacement (27 years old)
- Complete exterior parking lot lighting replacement to LED
- Basketball goal replacements in older gyms
- Locker room renovations in main part of building and in the field house (The athletic director and coaches worked closely with the architect in redesigning and upgrading these spaces.)
- Security upgrades
- Various parts of the building had HVAC and roof replacements in keeping with the district-wide replacement schedules. In general, roofs and HVAC systems are replaced about every twenty years, unless there is a more urgent need.
- Energy management control systems were updated throughout the building.
- All tennis courts were resurfaced.
- A large percentage of the older classroom furniture was replaced with more flexible furniture that encourages student collaboration.
New Tech High @ Coppell
New Tech High was repurposed from an elementary school (formerly Richard J. Lee Elementary) to a high school during the summer of 2008. The renovation included virtually gutting the entire interior of the building and converting it to a high school. Since 2008, the roof and HVAC systems have been replaced with earlier bond proceeds. Therefore, renovation needs were limited in the 2016 bond program but did include the following:
- Security upgrades
- Exterior parking lot light replacement to LED
- Basketball goal replacements
- Gymnasium upgrades including new flooring
- Weather sealing the exterior of the building
- Technology and wireless upgrades
Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus (CHS9)
As part of the visioning process, the Board ultimately voted to create a ninth-grade campus at the former Coppell Middle School West campus. This conversion required a lot of work and planning with the architect, the general contractor, and CISD administration, including the curriculum department. The plan was to completely change the look and feel of the entire campus in converting it into a ninth-grade campus. Additionally, more space would be required to educate up to 1,200 freshmen. A total of 15,676 square feet was added to the campus. The old gymnasium built in 1968 was razed in order to construct a new gym on approximately the same location. New locker rooms were constructed, as well as additional classroom space. One of the old competition gyms was converted into a collaborative and flexible Career and Tech Educational (CTE) space.
Every area of this building was repurposed to be more flexible, collaborative, and age appropriate for ninth grade students. All surfaces including walls, flooring, ceiling, restrooms, lighting, and technology were replaced and/or upgraded. The HVAC system was also replaced in its entirety. Additionally, new classroom furniture and band instruments were purchased.
Two additional tennis courts were added, and the older courts were resurfaced. The entire campus interior and exterior received new LED lighting, including the tennis courts. Lesley Field turf was replaced, new bleachers and a press box were installed, and a new concession stand and restrooms were constructed. The old concession and stands were original and dated back to the late 1960s. As a side note, the City of Coppell reimbursed CISD for one-half of the Lesley Field renovations in exchange for the use of the facility by city sponsored league teams when CISD is not using the facility. This partnership with the City of Coppell has been a very good sharing of resources that significantly benefits both parties.
Coppell ISD purchased the building that houses Victory Place in 2012. The building was constructed in 2003 and utilized as a real estate school until purchased by CISD. At the time of purchase, the district made the necessary renovations to convert the facility into an alternative school for high school students. Since the time of purchase, the campus has required very few additional renovations. During the 2016 bond program, however, Victory Place did receive security upgrades, technology upgrades, exterior weather proofing and sealing, a new roof, and various painting upgrades.
Coppell Middle School East
Coppell Middle School East was constructed in 1986. Since that time, it has had numerous minor renovations, including flooring replacements, HVAC and roof replacements, locker replacements, painting, and minor restroom upgrades. During the 2016 bond program, CMSE received a comprehensive renovation throughout the campus in order to increase its student capacity, update the look and feel of the interior of the campus, enhance safety, enhance technology and connectivity, and to create a more flexible and collaborative educational environment.
A wing was added to the campus creating eight additional classrooms. A new competition gym was added, thereby allowing the old gym to be converted into a new larger band hall and practice rooms. The kitchen was enlarged, and new science and art rooms were added from repurposed spaces. All walls, flooring, ceilings, lighting, restrooms, library spaces, cafeteria spaces, and classrooms were completely renovated to give the campus an entirely new look and feel. LED stadium lighting, bleachers, a new running track, concession stand and restrooms, and artificial turf were added to the playing field.
One interesting fact is that under a new, unanticipated city code, the gymnasium was required to be built as a hardened storm shelter space to withstand up to an F5 tornado. While this added an unforeseen extra $1 million in cost to the project, the campus now has a space all students and staff could shelter for safety in the event of an actual tornado. Even with the extra cost associated with the gymnasium, this project was completed under budget.
Coppell Middle School North
Coppell Middle School North was constructed and opened in the fall of 1998. Since its construction, the building only required a few minor renovations, such as gym floor refinishing, new carpet, security upgrades, minor restroom renovations, and drinking fountain replacements. During the 2016 bond program the building received the following upgrades and renovations:
- Complete band hall, weight room, and locker room renovations
- Security upgrades
- New LED exterior parking lot lighting
- Complete restroom renovations including all surfaces, ceilings, lighting, and fixtures
- Basketball goal replacements
- Exterior wall weatherproofing and sealing
- Interior painting upgrades
- Roof replacement
- HVAC system replacement (Scheduled summer of 2021)
- Sound system upgrade
- Kitchen equipment upgrade
Coppell Middle School West
The new Coppell Middle School West built on CISD’s 70-acre tract of land in Cypress Waters is a true state-of-the-art educational facility. It was built with energy conservation and sustainability as very important components of the building. It boasts a 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system to flush the toilets, geothermal heating and air conditioning, all LED lighting, natural day lighting throughout, state-of-the-art insulation in the walls and ceilings, and is “net zero ready”, meaning solar panels could easily be added to the roof to generate up to 100% of the school’s electrical needs.
As an interesting side story, the district quickly learned that new sustainable technology can fail. One school day just before lunch, only a few days after school was back in session, the rainwater collection system pump failed, thereby making it impossible to flush toilets. School had to be dismissed early and the pump failure made the local news. This incident became jokingly known as “Toiletgate”. After this incident, the district maintenance department devised a solution to divert domestic fresh water to the system and be able to flush toilets should the pump ever fail again.
Coppell ISD facilitators and curriculum staff worked very closely with the architect in designing flexible and collaborative educational spaces throughout the building. The building is configured with the “house concept” in mind. That is, facilitators and students can be grouped in houses in a variety of ways, including horizontally or vertically by grade level. The architect and CISD staff worked closely with a specialized library consultant in designing a very flexible library space. The library is designed as much as an instructional space as it is for housing library books. A “learning/instructional staircase” is included by the library, as well.
New flexible and collaborative furniture was chosen for this new facility, as well. The curriculum department and campus administration worked closely with the architect in finding the perfect classroom furniture for this school’s students.
As mentioned in Section VI, the CMSW project was initially $7 million over budget before the district changed architectural firms. The new design by Corgan was enough under budget that the Board voted to enlarge the building by 26,467 square feet, thereby creating an additional house for future anticipated student growth. This increased the comfortable capacity of the campus from 1,200 students to 1,500 students. In the end, even with the additional instructional space, this new campus came in under budget by approximately $6 million.
Footprint Elementary Campuses and Pinkerton
Eight of the eleven elementary schools in CISD are the exact same design and square footage. These campuses include, Austin (built 1986), Cottonwood Creek (built 1996), Denton Creek (built 1998), Lakeside (built 1993), Mockingbird (built 1991), Town Center (built 1994), Valley Ranch (built 1996), and Wilson (built 1992). Pinkerton’s original building was constructed in 1940. A hallway/classroom addition was made in 1979 at Pinkerton with several additional renovations over the years. Depending on the age of the school, each campus has received various upgrades and renovations over the last three bond programs including, but not limited to, roof replacements, new HVAC systems, new playground equipment, library renovations, carpet replacements, interior painting, gym floor and bleacher replacements, and security upgrades.
During the 2016 bond program, the elementary campuses (that had not been completed during the 2009 or 2013 bond programs) received the following renovations:
- New exterior LED parking lot lighting
- Replaced ceramic tile floors in main entry and cafetorium
- Security upgrades
- Restroom renovations, including new tile, fixtures, partitions, ceilings, and lighting
- Basketball goal and scoreboard replacements
- Walking track renovations or replacements
- General indoor painting
- Roof replacements
- HVAC replacements (Denton Creek is scheduled for summer of 2021)
- Solar tubes (natural daylighting) for second floor interior classrooms at all footprint elementary schools
- Sound system upgrades
- Chalk boards were replaced with marker boards
- Gymnasium floor and bleacher replacements
- Playground equipment upgrades
- Kitchen equipment and serving line replacements
Richard J. Lee Elementary
Richard J. Lee was built and opened the fall of 2014. It was constructed using proceeds from the 2013 bond election. It was the first LEED gold, net zero elementary school in the state of Texas. With 1,096 solar panels it produces enough energy to fully power the building, on average, over a year. That is, some days the electricity usage is great enough that the system will pull energy from the electric grid. Other days the solar panel system will generate more power than the building requires. This extra electricity is put back on the electric grid. Over a twelve-month period, the “net” energy purchased from the retail electric provider is “zero”, hence net zero.
With Lee only being three years old at the time of the 2016 bond election, it did not require many upgrades. However, as part of the bond, Lee did receive a walking track renovation, some landscaping upgrades, security enhancements, and new marker boards throughout the building.
Canyon Ranch Elementary
The Visioning Committee, the Bond Steering Committee, and the Board of Trustees all believed there would be a need for additional elementary classroom space given the student growth projections beyond 2016. At the time of the bond election, it had not been decided what would be constructed. The possibility of adding onto existing elementary campuses or building a new facility were both discussed. Given the growth projections, it was believed the new space would be needed by the fall of 2020 or 2021. However, given that the student growth in the southern portion of the district was at a much faster pace than anticipated, it became evident that space would be needed by the fall of 2019. After carefully studying all viable options, the Board of Trustees decided that a new elementary school built on a 20-acre tract of CISD owned land in Valley Ranch would be the best solution to handle current and future elementary age student growth.
Canyon Ranch is a unique design that was carefully visioned by CISD educators. The curriculum department and a group of educators worked closely with the architect, Corgan, in designing this state-of-the-art facility. The final design was 110,000 square feet that would comfortably house over 870 students. In designing the building there were three unknowns that came to light that were not accounted for in the bond program estimated budget.
- Storm shelter requirement - $1,400,000
- Additional concrete pier depth (72 foot deep piers versus 35 foot) - $500,000
- Additional square footage for refined student growth projections (10,000 additional sq ft @ $275) - $2,750,000
- Total unexpected additional costs included in building cost - $4,650,000
A total of $31,625,000 was budgeted for the elementary growth solution. When all bills were paid and the project was closed, the district had spent a total of $30,381,770 on the new building. The project was ultimately under budget by about $1.2 million. The fact that five years of inflation were factored into the estimate, and the building was constructed two years earlier than was initially anticipated, is largely why it was under budget even with the unanticipated additional costs of construction.
This building has all the same energy saving and sustainability features as the new Coppell Middle School West, except for rainwater collection. Canyon Ranch does collect rainwater for irrigation of its gardens; however, rainwater is not utilized to flush toilets. Other energy saving features include:
- Geothermal HVAC system
- Natural lighting throughout building
- Gymnasium is built as a storm shelter able to withstand an F5 tornado
- LED lighting throughout building
- Special insulation in walls, roof, and under building in crawl space
- Motion sensitive light monitors
The 2016 bond program did not include a great deal of dollars for administration building renovations. However, the Roy Brock and service center buildings did receive complete restroom renovations and security upgrades. The Vonita White administration building received some technology and security upgrades. The service center and the Vonita White administration also received new roofs.
District-wide Technology Initiatives
The 2016 bond program included $34,400,000 for district-wide technology initiatives. The major initiatives were as follows:
- One-to-one student devices at all grade levels
- New state-of-the-art district wide camera surveillance system
- New telephone system
- District-wide computer replacements and upgrades (based on age of device)
- District wide paging/emergency communication system
- Network operating center upgrades and server replacements
- Wireless node replacement district-wide to improve connectivity
- Smart television additions at all campuses
- Board Room broadcast capability
- District-wide internet security including firewall and web filter