Garden Oaks Montessori additions set for first quarter completion

Construction of two new buildings at Garden Oaks Montessori is nearing the finish line as both structures, as well as the first phase of campus renovations, are scheduled to be complete next quarter.

In the new buildings, external masonry and metal panels have been installed, as have most windows. All interior walls have been inspected and now are being insulated and covered.

Much of the remaining work will focus on interior finishes, including installation of ceiling panels, drywall, doors, and other built-ins.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, but the project has made great progress,” said Garden Oaks Montessori Principal Lindsey Pollock. “We’re planning to move in over spring break, and that’s very exciting.”

The $30.8 million project, which is part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, includes two new additions and renovations to existing buildings.

Phase one renovations are more than 90 percent complete and include work on the library, cafeteria, kitchen, and administrative offices. In the coming weeks, crews will paint and add shelving in the library and additional sinks and plumbing in the kitchen.

Once students and staff have moved into the new additions, crews will begin phase two renovations, which include extensive remodeling of the three existing classroom buildings to provide the school with additional updated classrooms and science labs.

All construction on the campus is scheduled to be complete in the fourth quarter 2018.

Bond construction is underway at roughly two dozen campuses in HISD. Almost 50 percent of bond projects are now complete and open to students. 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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