The largest Black-owned architectural firm in the USA focuses on responsive design and visual listening to cultivate spaces that grow alongside their communities
SAN ANTONIO – Oct. 5, 2021 – Moody Nolan, an award-winning architecture firm with two existing Texas Offices (Houston & Dallas) has been selected by San Antonio Independent School District to complete the remodel and restructuring of Martin Luther King Academy.
Moody Nolan has full-service offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The Connor Group Headquarters, Texas Southern University Library Learning Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library in Columbus, OH, CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence, and Englewood S.T.E.M. High School are just a few designs in its portfolio.
A recipient of the 2021 AIA National Architecture Firm Award, current notable design lead projects include the $53M Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center in Louisville, KY, and the 15-acre Nashville SC training complex in Antioch, TN.
“There’s no doubt that San Antonio has promise. It’s our goal to ensure that our unique take on sustainable design, equity and inclusion aligns with the culture of our clients – I am happy to report that we are seeing a lot of cross-functional methods we can get involved in the culture here,” says Wardell Ross, Senior Associate and Director of Houston Operations.
Architects representing the firm have already met with a number of local officials, as well as attended the TechBloc Reboot Rally in early May in an effort to learn more about San Antonio’s moving parts.
“We know and understand just how important MLK Academy is to its surrounding communities. Working together with SAISD and gaining insight from alumni and leaders has encouraged a deeper appreciation for this campus. It is our goal to create a design that is inclusive,” says Melvalean McLemore, Associate Architect and Project Manager.
Estimated renovation costs were awarded from the 2020 Bond Package that approved $1.3B in school renovations throughout the school district. The MLK Academy renovation met requirements for improvement which included schools with main buildings that have not been fully refurbished in more than 50 years.
About Moody Nolan
Moody Nolan is the country’s largest African American-owned architecture firm with 11 offices across the country. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, Moody Nolan was founded in 1982 with just two employees. It has grown to more than 200 employees and has received notable national recognition and awards. Moody Nolan specializes in corporate, education, sports/recreation, collegiate, healthcare, housing/mixed-use, and public service facilities. For more information about Moody Nolan, visit www.moodynolan.com. For more information about the AIA award, visit https://www.aia.org/showcases/6346446-moody-nolan.