Carnegie High School is the only Vanguard Program high school in Houston ISD. Carnegie, housing around 600 students, is moving to the centrally located Fourth Ward near Downtown Houston. Parents, staff members, and students provided input for the design of the new CVHS campus. The building committee lobbied for a central courtyard, which is a part of the school’s culture. Other priorities include LEED certification, adding more space for theater and fine arts and preserving green space.
The landscape features a central courtyard, an amphitheatre, ample drop-off areas for buses and autos, pedestrian sidewalks, a baseball field, community gardens and roof garden. Views and pedestrian connections to downtown and the surrounding Fourth Ward are highlighted throughout the landscape.
Sustainable landscape features include edible gardens, rainwater harvesting tanks, native and drought tolerant plantings, low-water irrigation systems relying solely on rainwater and two roof gardens.
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