Eli R. Ochoa, PE, AIA, goes over a 3D model with ERO staff members.

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21st Century Classroom

ERO Architects is an award-winning leader in architectural design of educational facilities in South Texas. ERO transforms school facilities into thriving and sustainable 21st century education centers that are learnable, teachable and communal; producing model students ready for society, workforce and higher education.

ERO uses the latest thinking and best ideas on planning and designing 21st century learning environments for K-12 school buildings. ERO believes in working closely with stakeholders and the community during the planning and designing of school facilities to reflect the needs of the greater community.

ERO designs schools for tomorrow using the following 21st century learning environment design guidelines:

  • Color bursts & natural light
  • Green & sustainable designs
  • Moveable walls for changing needs
  • Shared activity spaces
  • Mirror a collegiate environment
  • Classroom courtyards & cyber cafes
  • Create different environments
  • Flexible seating & spaces

Project Profile

21st Century Learning

Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy at Harlingen
Project Facts
Location 1701 Lozano Street, Harlingen Texas 78550
Start July 2012
Completion Fall 2013
Capacity 1,500 Students
Square Footage 180,000 (Approx.)
Cost $29,000,000
Type of Construction New Construction
Project Manager Octavio Cantú, AIA
Contractor Texas Descon, L.P.

Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy at Harlingen

Harlingen CISD

A college campus style and other 21st century learning environment design elements were applied to the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy at Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. This freshman academy is the Rio Grande Valley’s newest high school and is set to open in fall 2013.

Together with Harlingen CISD stakeholders, ERO Architects developed a plan with a 21st century vision that emphasized integrating innovative strategies and designs to enhance student achievement.

“Today’s kids are digital learners. They take in the world via the filter of computing devices,” added Ochoa. The school supports project-based learning in the five Achieve Texas Career clusters, which are education and training; health science; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); business management and administration; and liberal arts.

“A school that looks and feels like a college campus is a sure way to enhance college-readiness,” added Ochoa. “At the center of the campus is an intimate courtyard making it a perfect place for social interacting, group learning and quiet reflection.”

“The curriculum and design of the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy ensures that our students will have special attention during this important transition in their academic careers,” said Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “To put our students at the forefront, we must embrace change and innovation. The Academy is one step toward completing our district’s transformation for the benefit of student success in the 21st century.”

Learning spaces and the shape of education will continue to evolve. Those involved in the planning process can aspire design schools of the future that will accommodate ever-evolving technology and education that will shape students, faculty and the community for years to come.