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Cardno recognized as part of award-winning project for innovative high school building

Cardno’s structural engineering experts performed a variety of key services during construction of the new Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Houston, Texas, USA.

Building Design + Construction Magazine recently named the entire project a Gold Award winner of its Building Team Awards.

Cardno engineers in the Houston office worked in conjunction with their HUB partner, Ensight, Inc. to provide structural design services for the new school.

Ensight provided the design and detailing for the ground level and a two-story underground parking garage and Cardno handled everything above the first level.

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

The five-story, 186,000-square-foot high school sits on a 1.32-acre city block and is one of only three public high schools in the country that features programs for both the visual and the performing arts. The school features 16 sound isolation rooms and each room in the school offers the latest technologies in technical theatre and A/V recordings.

The project design also focused on sustainability and conserving resources and energy. The building is positioned to take advantage of daylighting and minimize heating and cooling loads.

“Trying to cram that much program into a relatively compact site required extensive coordination effort with the architect and other disciplines,” said Cardno’s Project Director Jeremy Anderson. “We also had to deal with acoustic and vibrational control due to the disparate nature of the various programs – you can’t let the mariachi band upstairs affect a poetry recital below.”

The new school opened its doors in January 2019. For more information, visit the Building Design + Construction website.