Condit ES design wins top Texas school architecture award

The 21st century design for the 100-plus-year-old Condit Elementary campus in Bellaire has won the state’s highest honor for school architecture.

Condit is one of four schools chosen to receive the Caudill Award as part of the annual Exhibit of School Architecture Competition. The $24.3 million redesign was done by VLK Architects and funded through bonds approved by taxpayers in 2012. A project advisory team of stakeholders from the school and Bellaire worked on the redesign for the 750-pupil preK-5 campus, which took three years to build.

“Condit Elementary is a special school,” said Principal Daniel Greenberg. “Thanks to the forward-thinking leadership of HISD, VLK Architects and the community, the learning experience for Condit students reflects the times they are living in: a modern, 21st-century world.”

A 12-member jury coordinated by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of Schools Boards evaluates designs in for excellence in creating visionary learning environments. The award is named for Texas architect William Wayne Caudill who pioneered modern concepts in school design.

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza and Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby will accept the award in Austin on Jan. 30 as part of the TASA Midwinter Conference. The project will be on display at the Austin Convention Center Jan. 28-31.

Based on a news release from Houston ISD

The new 83,000 square-foot Condit campus has earned a statewide design award. (VLK Architects)