The Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center has been honored with a 2009 Terrazzo Honor Award from the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association for the innovative use of recycled products to produce an illuminating and artistic terrazzo floor. The school is one of 14 national winners.
The CTE Center opened in 2008. The 123 ,618 square-foot-facility located at 9889 Wade Boulevard in Frisco was designed for college-bound and career-bound students to engage in cross-collaborative education experience that merges real world professional environments with educational programs. The design of the building reflects the center’s cutting edge philosophy of education and technology.
The building was designed by SHW Group of Plano and features a terrazzo floor made of 100 percent recycled glass and porcelain as the highlighted flooring option. The floor offsets an illuminated vertical glass enclosure in the atrium area. Terrazzo accents in the shape of rays bring focus to the piece. Multi-colored terrazzo patterns in the corridors speak to the energy of the building. In addition to the floor the building also has terrazzo wainscot, precast terrazzo tread and riser pieces and a stair featuring precast terrazzo treads finished on all sides.
FISD regularly offers tours of the CTE Center to educators and business people interested in the building’s design and in the educational programs offered. CTE students attend classes that combine career training with real world experience in a variety of fields including computer animation, medical science, criminal justice, horticultural science, culinary arts, marketing and retail, technology and engineering. The school includes a functional credit union, retail store and restaurant.