Construction on the new Energy Institute High School soon will reach 90 percent completion, with the building being furnished and outfitted with technology in the spring and teachers and staff moving in next summer.
Crews are currently working on interior finishes such as painting, ceiling panel installation, and sealing and polishing of concrete floors. Installation of carpet in limited areas and outdoor canopies will wrap up this quarter, as will final mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and safety inspections.
“Our new Energy building has been a labor of love for all of us who have contributed to its innovative design,” said Energy Institute Principal Lori Lambropoulos. “The high-tech facility will positively inspire our inventive students and staff to reach for the stars.”
The $37 million project is being built along Southmore Boulevard at Tierwester Street near the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. It will accommodate 800 students.
Designed for project-based learning, the 114,000-square-foot facility is comprised of three separate buildings and mimics the look of a high-tech corporate environment, incorporating multi-level areas for work and projects.
A central courtyard connects the buildings and features a large covered learning staircase as its centerpiece. Several smaller outdoor gathering spaces throughout the campus will provide students with group and individual study options.
Building A, which serves as the main entrance to the facility, features the landmark orange cylinder and houses administrative office and classrooms. The building also contains several flexible learning spaces, including a large covered second-story balcony.
Building B contains additional classroom spaces and science labs, along with additional covered outdoor learning areas.
Located at the rear of the campus, Building C houses the cafeteria and mixed-use spaces, as well as athletics facilities, including a workout room.
The project, which is funded with district resources unrelated to the 2012 bond, is one of about two dozen schools currently under construction across the district. Once all work is finished, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.
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