The new look of Mountain View High School in the far East El Paso area resembles a Tier 1 college campus, with state-of-the-art technology and design. Clint Independent School District set the bar in West Texas for a Tier 1-type medical building and teen-friendly cafetorium, with additions and renovations designed by PSC. As part of a bond package, PSC provided design services for refrigerated air-conditioning and site improvements, such as a unique dental lab, pharmacology classroom and other lab modernizations. The new dining and kitchen facilities can handle a dozen menus simultaneously to feed 800 students. The new health sciences building houses a Medical Magnet program that sets the school apart in the entire West Texas region due to its Health Professions Academy programming and labs that mimic real-life college-style collaborative study and accouterments. 

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The medical sciences building, for example, includes actual hospital beds and hospital equipment for simulation of medical treatment. Glazed windows allow minimal interruptions while other students watch the medical or dental procedures from the hub space. A 65-inch interactive monitor splits into video/whiteboard capabilities, and operable partitions allow for flexible collaborative spaces. Students in the pharmacology lab have the distinction of learning how to compound medicines. The co-lab space features a digital monitor board and an inviting open-air feel. 

The state-of-the-art kitchen is part of the cafetorium, which was designed for optimum views and offers charging station options. The design affords different outdoor/indoor dining opportunities. The space is also arranged for clear views of the stage with enhanced lighting and plush curtains for special events.  

The project also included additional classrooms, restrooms, roof work, JROTC space, a 911 Operations Center, Teen Court, weight room, a new nurse’s stationa dance room, ADA-compliant shower facilitiesExisting boys and girls locker and restroom renovations included plumbing, HVAC and lighting systems, access control, fire alarm and a fire sprinkler system. In addition, upgrades to the existing gymnasium included new lighting system, new sound system, new wood floor overlay in the playing court, as well as replacement of basketball backboards.