Cedar Ridge High School

Distinguished Building Award Submission

Cedar Ridge High School is a 375,000 square foot high School serving 300 students in Round Rock, Texas. The plan is organized around four academies: Arts/Humanities, Science Technology Engineering and Math, Hospitality/Public Service, and a 9th grade transition academy. Each academy has its own courtyard, library, teacher planning area, and special education rooms. The academies are separated by courtyards from a grouping of shared spaces that includes a black box theater, cafeteria, music center, library, gymnasium, and administration. The organization of spaces permits multiple connections to the outdoors within secure courtyards. All academies, as well as the cafeteria, lobby, main library, and a stage area off the theater open directly onto the courtyards. Outdoor spaces were carefully considered with respect to the local (hot) climate with shaded areas provided throughout. Flyover roofs, which unite the academies to the shared functions, provide shade as well as deflect breezes. All academies are oriented in an east-west orientation to maximize north and south exposures. The distributed libraries are a central feature of the program and these spaces are expressed with north-facing floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The project achieved LEED silver certification and features locally quarried stone walls, native plantings, and naturally day lit interiors.

Perkins + Will
Associate Architect
KAHickman Architects and Interior Designers
Cedar Ridge High School
  • Baker Aicklen
  • Dickensheets Design Associates
  • Elert & Associates
  • ESA Engineering
  • LA Fuess Partners
  • Larson, Burns and Smith
General contractor
American Constructors, Inc.
Round Rock, Texas