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9 November 2016

HOK Teams With Houston Firms to Redesign Campus for At-Risk Boys

The Good Shepherd exterior

HOK is providing pro-bono services to redesign the Good Shepherd campus as part of HOK IMPACT, the firm’s approach to social responsibility.

HOK, Kirksey Architecture and Abel Design Group are collaborating to design a residential treatment center that serves up to 40 at-risk boys between the ages of 7 and 17.

Located in the northwest Houston suburb of Tomball, the redeveloped campus will replace the Good Shepherd’s existing facilities, which are limited to two single-family residences, a few outbuildings and rented trailers on a five-acre site.

“These facilities have been adapted over the past decade to accommodate the functions of the center, but they are ill-suited for their purpose, outdated and deteriorated, and expensive to maintain,” said Bob Carnegie, AIA, director of architecture in HOK’s Houston office.


“The more we helped with repairs around the campus, the more evident it became that the boys needed a new home,” said Hayden Austin, founder of Building New Foundations and CBRE managing director. HOK is one of three design firms that volunteered to help.

HOK’s role includes assisting with master planning and site development, as well as developing the architectural design for part of the proposed redevelopment. The firm also will help select and coordinate other design and engineering consultants and general contractors for the project.

Building New Foundations, a nonprofit organization, has been raising funds since 2009 to finance the cost of building the new campus. Initial design concepts will be used to support ongoing fundraising efforts. Design documentation is expected to continue through March 2017, and construction of the first phase is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.


CBRE is managing the project, and Tellepsen, D.E. Harvey Builders and E.E. Reed Construction are the contractors.

HOK’s design team includes Carnegie and Jarrett Ewing.


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