Houston ISD – Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men

Houston, Texas


Harrison Kornberg Architects




139,000 SF


Civil Engineering


The Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy (MLCPA) is a magnet school in the Houston Independent School District serving grades 6 through 12 and specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This 139,000 GSF college preparatory academy replaced the existing school with a modern educational facility oriented towards preparing young adults for college academics. The campus is located on the site of the existing preparatory academy just northwest of downtown Houston. The newly acquired property went through the City of Houston Joint Referral Committee (JRC) process to vacate the existing public right of way and deed it to the school. The project involved the partial replacement and general renovations to complement portions of the Howard Payne Carter Career Center for a campus accommodating 900-1,000 students. The school expansion included the acquisition of several acres to be used as sports fields and to vacate a public street right-of-way to provide access to those fields.

GarzaEMC provided civil engineering services, including utility design for new water, wastewater and dry utilities, grading and drainage, and assisting in obtaining City of Houston permit approval. In addition, GarzaEMC also provided site design for outdoor recreational facilities such as tennis and basketball courts.