Columbia Heights Learning and Leadership Development Center

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: City of San Antonio
Completion Date: January 1994
Project Size: 7,500 SF
Structural Engineer: WSC, Inc
MEP Engineer: Barron Engineering

Not just a collection of classrooms, Columbia Heights transcends schoolhouse stereotypes with its respect for the community and its residents. Subtle references to a neighboring 1950’s elementary school make it a harmonious addition to the community, and put forth the idea of a more modern, “grown-up” educa­tion center for adults. Lighthearted images including computer-patterned glazed brick and a hovering, treelike green roof make the building inviting, welcoming place.  A clerestory inside il­luminates and enlivens a central gathering space, creat­ing spatial interest. On the exterior, a mural, created by children in the area, is easily accommodated and helps make the building a part of the community.