Eighty Lamar High School graduates armed with shovels lined the school’s front lawn on Thursday, eager to break ground on a new campus as they celebrated the 80th anniversary of their beloved alma mater.
Graduates spanning eight decades each had the opportunity to dig into the dirt, formally marking the start of construction on the $108 million project.
“This is an exciting day for us,” said Lamar Principal James McSwain. “It’s a day that the school community has been looking forward to for many years.”
The initial construction phase for Lamar High School is expected to get underway this month after the district approves the project’s Guaranteed Maximum Price and issues a “Notice-to-Proceed” to the construction manager-at-risk, Gilbane Construction.
This first phase of construction — dubbed “Phase 0” — will focus on re-routing underground utilities, relocating the central utility plant, and demolishing a small portion of the current building that stands in the footprint of the new construction. Some street parking and athletics activities will be impacted.
More than 100 students, parents, staff, alumni, and community members turned out for a community meeting Wednesday evening to hear about innovative design plans for the new bond construction project at Lamar High School.
Lamar High School is receiving a new $107.9 million school, and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this summer.
The new campus will support the school’s IB program and Business Administration program with a four-story academic wing and adjacent athletics facility, various levels of interior renovation to the existing historic building, a new multi-level parking garage, larger athletics fields, and the preservation of the park-like front lawn on Westheimer Road.
Construction is set to be substantially complete the third quarter of 2018.
Lamar High School community members and staff on Tuesday night had a chance to learn about site plan development for the school being built under the district’s 2012 bond program – a school that will house more than 3,000 students.
CMAR firm for North Forest area athletic facility also approved
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday agreed to authorize the district to negotiate contracts with five firms to provide construction manager at risk (CMAR) services on selected 2012 bond projects.
Administrators are recommending firms to provide CMAR services
Administrators are recommending that the HISD Board of Education authorize the district to negotiate contracts with five firms to provide construction manager at risk (CMAR) services on selected 2012 bond projects.
Selected projects include 10 of the largest high schools slated for construction
Administrators are recommending that the HISD Board of Education authorize the district to negotiate design contracts with 12 firms on a dozen more 2012 bond projects, including 10 of the largest high schools. The projects represent about $750 million in bond dollars.