• Location Houston, Texas
  • Client Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
  • Program K-5 school, public library, business incubator, health/fitness center, art center, ampitheather, and public park
  • Area 59,000 SF
  • Project Team:

    Concordia (Design Architect), Parsons (Architect of Record), Jacobs Engineering

Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center

The campus of the new Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center includes a K-5 elementary school, a public library, a business incubator, a community health center, an arts center, a farmers market, children’s water park, outdoor amphitheater, and a public park that supports a large underserved and ethnically diverse population in southwest Houston. A master planning component of this project included 6 months of regular community engagement with residents and the client to identify site assets and future needs. Throughout the campus, designs feature the visual language of Southwestern American art and architecture, including archways, mosaic tile murals, and vibrant colors.

The Center is also LEED certified, with a number of sustainable features including rainwater cisterns for landscape irrigation, water efficient plumbing fixtures, rain chains for draining rooftop water, light paving to reduce heat island effect, and reserved parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles. The project preserves open green space and uses native landscaping to reduce irrigation.

Since opening, the Center has become a vibrant, active community hub, providing educational and wellness services along with gathering spaces for an underserved neighborhood that are socially and environmentally sustainable. Read more about its success here!