This building on Houston Community College’s new Katy campus serves as the college’s primary education building and provides the gateway to this campus.
This space accommodates a wide range of educational and communal activities, from administrative offices to outdoor gathering areas, enhancing the adaptability of the environment.
This site presents eco-friendly landscaping and LEED Silver Certification efforts, promoting responsible resource use and long-term ecological harmony with Mason Creek.
Located north of Interstate 10 off of Colonial Parkway, the 3-story building houses administrative offices, active-learning classrooms, study rooms, computer labs, dry and wet labs, art and makerspaces, a student lounge, and a library among other spaces. Asakura Robinson worked with Harrison Kornberg Architects to design a welcoming exterior environment for faculty, staff and students engaging in this STEAM focused building. The project site adjoins Mason Creek, which contains existing wetlands and creeks we preserved without disruption.
Our responsibilities include aligning landscape and irrigation design with the client’s requirements and City/County landscape standards. We meticulously designed hardscape layouts, introduced captivating landscape elements, and curated efficient irrigation systems and site furnishings. Native and adapted plant species minimize maintenance while enhancing ecological resilience. The building entrance, upgraded with protective bollards and a stylish seatwall, facilitates seamless student drop-off and pickup. In the rear, an inviting courtyard features enhanced paving and picnic tables, offering a cozy space for informal gatherings within the educational landscape. We actively collaborated with HCC to provide LEED compliance documentation for landscape-related aspects, working toward the project’s goal of achieving LEED Silver Certification. Our approach emphasized functionality and environmental responsibility, ensuring a sustainable and respectful coexistence with the Mason Creek surroundings.