The STEM Center of Excellence gives girls the opportunity to explore the sciences and the outdoors in a 21st century living laboratory. We also believe it's important to build facilities that reflect this mission. From the landscaping, to the pool deck, our exterior and interior features keep the sustainability of the earth in mind, as well as the learning experience and building efficiency.

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Exterior Sustainability Strategies

  • High efficiency multi-pane-sealed glass windows are emphasized throughout the facility to provide daylight, natural ventilation in cabin areas and to maximize energy efficiency.

  • Clerestory windows in the Hoglund Girl Program Center and Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center provide additional natural daylight to these program facilities.
  • Solar tubes are incorporated into the Leadership Center and the Butterfly Pavilion to provide and amplify daylight.
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels produce electricity on-site at the Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center.
  • Solar thermal panels produce hot water for faucets and showers at the Aquatic Center.
  • Rainwater is collected in barrels above grade for landscape irrigation at the Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center.
  • A vegetative roof is installed on the Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center to showcase sustainable roofing, help the structure blend into the landscape, and provide learning opportunities about environmental stewardship and energy efficiency.
  • Landscaping materials in the Boone Family Foundation Courtyard are 90 percent Texas native heat-resistant plants representing different natural areas in the state, including deserts, prairies, and grasslands.
  • Roofing on the Moody Foundation Observation Tower viewing deck and all new buildings is reflective material to keep the building cool in the summer.
  • Tyvek sealing used minimizes water penetration/damage to all buildings.
  • The Aquatic Center pool deck consists of a reflective cool deck material that defers heat around the facility.
  • Key roadways are constructed with recycled gravel and Geogrid to provide sustainable natural support for emergency vehicles and permeable roadway material to maximize drainage and runoff efficiency.

Interior Sustainability Strategies

  • All lighting at the site is LED, and HVAC units are high SEER-rated to maximize efficiency. 
  • Toilets are dual-flush fixtures. All plumbing on-site is low flow and Water Sense-certified to conserve water.
  • Interior materials used for paint, coatings, adhesives and sealants have low VOC levels.
  • Walls, floors and ceilings are insulated with spray foam, foam board and high R value batting insulation to minimize air infiltration, protect plumbing fixtures and maximize energy efficiency.
  • Recycling bins and dumpsters are provided to minimize waste. All appliances are EnergyStar-rated for high efficiency.
  • Quick-start, water-heating units are used throughout the camp where feasible for efficient water heating. 
  • Homosote panels are used in the Welcome Center and Girl Program Center to lower sound levels.
  • A construction waste management plan was required and followed to keep recyclable waste and debris of over 75 percent from landfills.



Facility Architects & General Contractor

Architects — Reese Jones Welcome Center & Hoglund Girl Program Center
Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, PLLC
Stephen Lohr, Architect

Architect for All Other New Construction
Brandstetter Carroll Inc.
Rick Parker and Elizabeth Holser, Architects

Landscape Architect
Studio Outside
Andrew Duggan

General Contractor
Spring Valley Construction Company

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