Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Texas Education Center

By SCN Staff

RICHARDSON, Texas—In mid-October, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held commemorating the opening of the newly renovated Spring Valley Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson.

The project comprises more than 47,000 square feet of interior renovations of a two-story conference center, and interior renovations to a one-story office building encompassing the relocation of the print shop, as well as new office space for the teaching and learning department.

VLK Architects was the architect on this impressive project, and Pogue Construction of McKinney, Texas served as general contractor.

The Education Service Center was designed to provide maximum flexibility for a wide variety of uses for both adults and children. On the first level of the conference center, acoustic glass operable partitions and automatic, vertically retractable acoustic walls allow the flexibility to scale and transform the space comprising six individual conference rooms for administrative and academic training sessions. All of the walls can be opened to create a very large open space for convention settings. The upper-level houses five additional, highly flexible conference spaces.

Each conference room is fortified with advanced technology, including nine-panel video walls, interactive monitors for group work, and integrated control systems, providing users the tools needed to fully engage the room and facilitate interactive presentations. The multifunctional Robotarium features seating and theater lighting and serves as both a gaming and competition area for robotics activities and as a presentation or seating space.

“Region 10 has been a wonderful client to partner with in the renovation of their facility,” said Ross Rivers, principal, VLK Architects.

“They have a very unique and forward-thinking vision for providing flexible space and creating a technology-rich professional learning environment in order to meet the needs of the many educators and school districts they serve. We are proud to have had the opportunity to be involved with such an exciting project.”

Added Dr. Gordon Taylor, Executive Director, Region 10 ESC, “VLK’s design has truly changed our building.”

The additions and renovations to this amazing facility will provide innovative training and conference spaces within the technology-rich buildings.

Region 10 is one of 20 regional service centers established by the Texas State Legislature in 1967 for the purpose of delivering professional development and a range of other innovative solutions. This region serves more than 865,000 students and 106,000 school staff, of which 56,000 are teachers in more than 130 ISDs, charters and private schools across 10 north Texas counties.