Construction on the new Askew Elementary School is set to wrap up this quarter, with school officials making plans to move in over the summer and welcome students to the new building in August.
Christmas came early for Askew Elementary School Project Advisory Team members, who got their first tour of their new building Thursday afternoon.
Brightly colored classrooms, a learning commons overlooking the library, and large cafetorium were just a few of the spaces PAT members got a glimpse of during their walk-through, which included a final stop in the principal’s office.
Askew Principal Ebony Cumby smiled as she said she could already envision the exact placement of her new red couch.
Construction at Askew Elementary School is almost halfway done, with roofing, interior steel framing, and door and window frames all complete in the new building.
Additionally, the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are well underway, with crews expected to begin testing the equipment towards the end of this year, project officials said.
“Things are just coming along great,” Askew Principal Ebony Cumby said. “It’s cool to have the building being built next door, so the kids and community get to see the daily progress.”
Parents and neighbors gathered Tuesday at Askew Elementary to learn more about the construction of their new school, which is being built as part of HISD’s 2012 bond program.
“Construction is well underway. We’re moving and we’re moving fast,” Jorge Huerta, Askew’s project manager told the group, many of whom cheered the announcement.
The new school has a target opening in the third quarter of 2018, in time for the start of the new school year. Crews then will demolish the old building to make way for a parking lot and playgrounds, work that is expected to be completed by the end of that year.
Site work at Askew Elementary School is underway with construction of the new building scheduled to begin this fall, according to design and construction plans presented to community members on Tuesday.
Existing temporary buildings are being removed to make room for construction of the new school on the north side of the campus. Crews are preparing to install two temporary classroom buildings on the southwest side of the campus to accommodate students during construction.
“This is the exciting part of the job when everything starts to come to life,” Project Manager Ron Keller said to about 40 people who gathered for an update on plans for the $26.6 million facility, which is part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond.
Project updates planned for Jordan, Austin, Lamar, Kashmere high schools, Askew Elementary School
The Houston Independent School District has scheduled five community meetings over the next month to provide updates on the status of bond construction projects.
The meetings are part of the district’s commitment to keeping each community updated during the different stages of their bond project: planning, design, and construction.
About 40 parents, neighbors, and staff of Askew Elementary School participated in a bond community meeting at the school this week, where they were briefed on the project status and design plans for their new campus.
Updates will be provided on design plans and project status for each campus
Community meetings have been scheduled during the first quarter for the following seven bond schools, to inform stakeholders of project plans to rebuild or renovate their campus as part of HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program. Attendees will hear from project architects and other team members and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Meeting times and locations
|Garden Oaks Montessori||Tues., Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m.||901 Sue Barnett|
|Askew Elementary||Thurs., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.||11200 Wood Lodge|
|Waltrip High School||Tues., Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.||1900 West 34th St.|
|Westbury High School||Thurs., Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.||11911 Chimney Rock|
|Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy||Tues., Feb 23, 6:30 p.m.||1906 Cleburne Street|
|Wilson Montessori||Thurs., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.||2100 Yupon|
|Sam Houston MSTC||Wed., Mar. 2, 6:30 p.m.||9400 Irvington|
Askew is receiving a new school to accommodate 850 students, with a budget of $26.6 million. Based on stakeholder feedback from the first community meeting held in July, the project team spent time this fall making design modifications.
The design features a two-story building erected on the north side of the property, with the front entrance remaining south-facing on Wood Lodge. The building plans provide for ample natural light, flexible learning spaces, and areas to accommodate outdoor learning opportunities. Many of the trees will be preserved, and the playground will feature a walking/jogging path that will be available for community use.
The second community meeting will be scheduled in the first quarter 2016. Construction is expected to start in the third quarter 2016, and take about 18 months to complete.
Askew Elementary stakeholders turned out for the school’s first of three bond community meetings on Wednesday, where they heard from the architect and other project team members about initial design plans for a new campus.