Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning Wins Highest Honor
Georgetown ISD was one of only four school districts in Texas to receive the 2019-20 Caudill Award, the highest honor in the Exhibit of School Architecture. GISD was selected for its adaptive reuse of a historic and iconic 1924 building to create The Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning.
Caudill Award recipients are selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards for projects that exemplify excellence in the planning and design of a learning environment. The Hammerlun Center was the original site of Southwestern University before it was sold to the City of Georgetown in 1917 to establish a home for GISD. The building served as the original Georgetown High School for 50 years and has since served students of all ages, most recently as Wagner Middle School until 2017.
The Hammerlun Center is now the district’s center for adult learning and home to 100 district staff members. While primarily a training and testing ground for the school district, other organizations are drawn to its potential and utilize the space for educational summits. The design, by Huckabee, is rooted in the district’s Learner Profile, emphasizing choice and voice. Unique architectural features were uncovered during the center’s renovation, including clay ceiling tiles and long-leaf pine wood floors. These were mindfully preserved to the extent possible without compromising energy efficiency or architectural soundness.
Two other GISD projects, Annie Purl Elementary School and George Wagner Middle School, were previously recognized with Stars of Distinction in 2018 in the Exhibit of School Architecture, for excellence in community, planning, transformation, design, value and sustainability.