Pasadena ISD’s Impressive New Intermediate School
When Thompson Intermediate School suffered significant damage by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Pasadena ISD set out to build a new, larger intermediate school to serve 1,200 seventh and eighth graders. GPD knew natural light and flexible spaces were high priorities for the district and designed a facility that would be a desirable destination for students and staff alike.
Traditional classrooms and flexible spaces are found throughout the new school to facilitate the district’s 21st-century learning initiatives. The focal point is a large, multifunction open area that serves as the cafeteria and venue for performances and gatherings. This space is distinguished by a curved learning stair that provides overflow seating for dining and events or the perfect setting for a variety of activities. At the top of the stair is a library offering study areas, makerspace and abundant views of outdoor vistas.