Construction on the new High School for Law and Justice is making steady progress, with work this quarter expected to bring the project to about 80 percent completion.
The new $40 million campus, which is funded through a combination of bond funds and real estate proceeds, will feature a realistic courtroom, crime-scene investigations lab, emergency communications center, and law library. The building also will include spaces for ROTC, athletics, fine arts, and other traditional high school spaces.
In the last quarter, the roof and exterior walls were installed, serving to enclose the building. Crews also installed the interior climate system, along with permanent power, plumbing, and utilities.
Driving along the Gulf Freeway near the University of Houston, it’s not hard to spot the new High School for Law and Justice, which rises three stories tall and is now about 60 percent complete.
“I love seeing the progress,” said HSLJ Principal Carol Mosteit. “This is going to be a beautiful building that will enhance our law and justice curriculum and provide a wonderful learning environment for students.” Continue reading →
Anyone interested in viewing construction progress at HISD bond schools may only need an internet connection, as web cameras are being installed at several sites to make daily update photos available to everyone.
Program management firm Rice & Gardner Consultants recently began installing online web cams at several of the schools for which they provide project management services. Currently three projects, Wilson Montessori, HSPVA, and High School for Law and Justice, have cameras up and running with live internet links. Others are expected to come online in the coming months as more construction gets underway.
High School for Law and Justice Principal Carol Mosteit expressed her excitement Thursday as she spoke to a crowd of students, alumni, and school supporters gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new school.
“It’s been a long time coming, and it seems like forever since we did the design for the new school with the architects,” said Mosteit. “Now it has come to fruition, and we’re ready to see this new building get going.”
Construction crews are beginning to mobilize at the site of the new High School for Law and Justice after receiving a “notice to proceed” from HISD earlier this month.
The notice followed the completion of comprehensive site demolition work and starts the clock ticking on an approximate 17-month construction timeline.
“The planning and preparation takes much longer than the actual construction,” said Spencer Wingate, HISD’s project manager overseeing HSLJ’s new construction. “Everything’s looking good at this point, and we’re on track to meet our target completion date in December 2017.” Continue reading →
The $39.9 million High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, which is funded from surplus bond monies and real estate proceeds, will feature a new three-story building that combines a 21st century learning environment with unique features: a courtroom, a crime scene investigations lab, emergency communications center, and a law library.
The school will be centrally located on Scott between Pease and Coyle near the Houston Police Department’s South Central Station, the University of Houston, and Texas Southern University – with easy access to the freeway, rail, and bike trails.
Comprehensive demolition work is underway on the site and expected to be completed in first quarter 2016. An agreement on guaranteed maximum price with the construction manager at risk was reached in December, and the team is currently working with City of Houston to obtain permits.
The target opening of the new building is third quarter 2017. The school will transition to its new name, High School for Law and Justice, once move-in is complete.
A building concept with a courtroom and law library in the center of the new High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice set the premise for a site plan for the new school developed by students, staff and community members at a design charrette Wednesday and Thursday.
“Push us to deliver you the best facility,” said Dan Gohl, HISD’s chief academic officer. “Engage us, doubt us, question us – but participate.”
At a community meeting Thursday, Gohl urged the audience to think about the generations of students to come who will be using the new building and what they need to be learning to be successful in careers in law enforcement and criminal justice.