Workshop Houston began as the Third Ward Community Bike Shop in 2003 and continues as an important Houston outreach, combining hands-on bike repair and youth programming. In recent years,Workshop Houston (WH) programs have extended to numerous after-school and summer workshops and academic enrichment. In expanding the opportunities, renovation and expansion of the current facility is required.
After a careful examination of needs,costs,and site considerations, and working closely with WH staff and board, we have focused on the design of an overall site strategy. In collaboration with professional consultants, we are developing a design in detail for Phase One implementation complete with systems, materials, and details. Adding onto the existing Chopper Shop (bicycle design and building), Phase One includes the Style Shop (fashion and graphic design) and the Beat Shop (writing and recording music), and future phases will include a Scholar Shop (tutoring and academic support) and spaces for the administration and the high school program. We intend that the project may be funded, permitted, and ready for construction by RBW by 2014.