HISD Announces Bond Construction Timeline

Nearly half of all voter-approved projects will be under construction by 2014

The Houston Independent School District today announced the construction timeline for the 40 schools slated to be built or renovated under the voter-approved $1.89 billion 2012 bond program.

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Schools were prioritized based on need, balance of projects throughout the district, site logistics, cash flow within the schedule of bond sales, and the availability of temporary relocation space for students affected by construction. All geographic areas of the district will see construction from the very start of the bond program.  Seventeen of the 40 schools are included in the first phase of projects, all of which are planned for groundbreakings by the end of 2014, if not sooner.

“Last month, nearly 70 percent of HISD voters showed tremendous confidence and faith in our ability to deliver the modern campuses Houston’s children deserve,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “We are ready to move forward with the most ambitious school rebuilding effort in Texas history and deliver on our promises.”

The first two schools to break ground will be North Early College and South Early College, with design work expected to begin in early 2013 and construction starting this summer.

All of the other schools will be phased in over the next five years with all construction underway by 2017. The district’s goal is to finish all work by 2020.

The first group of schools will begin the planning and design phase in early 2013. The remaining three groups of schools construction projects will be phased in every year after that.

“HISD is committed to protecting taxpayers’ investment in these new schools,” said Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla.  “Each and every design and construction contract in this bond program will be awarded based on providing the best value to our taxpayers and the best quality for our students.”

Each campus in the bond program will have a Project Advisory Team that includes parents, school staff, and community members to offer input into the design and construction process.

Group 1 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2013

Construction anticipated to begin by end of 2014

Condit Elementary DeBakey High School
Furr High School Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion
School at Gordon
Grady Middle School High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Lee High School Milby High School
North Early College Relief Elementary
Sharpstown High School South Early College
Sterling High School Waltrip High School
Washington High School Worthing High School
Young Men’s College Preparatory

Group 2 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2014

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2015

Bellaire High School Lamar High School
Davis High School Parker Elementary School
Dowling Middle School Yates High School
Eastwood Academy

Group 3 Schools

Planning and Design – Early/Mid 2015

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid/Late 2016

Askew Elementary High School for Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center Jordan High School
Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy

Group 4 Schools

Planning and Design – Late 2015/Early 2016

Construction anticipated to begin – Mid 2017

Austin High School Garden Oaks K-8
Jones High School Kashmere High School
Madison High School Pilgrim Academy
Scarborough High School Sharpstown International
Westbury High School Wharton Dual Language K-8
Wilson Montessori K-8

In addition, the bond includes funds to improve conditions for students in all HISD schools.
Those projects include:

  • $100 million for district-wide technology improvements
    (Work to be done between 2013-2015)
  • $44.7 million to replace regional field houses and improve athletic facilities
    (Begin one project per year in 2013, 2014, and 2015)
  • $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms

(Work to be done over 3 summers: 2014, 2015, and 2016)

  • $17.3 million for district-wide safety and security improvements
    (Work divided evenly among 32 quarters)

Throughout construction, the district will ensure that student safety and security is maintained and that the academic programs aren’t compromised, with particular attention to testing schedules.

There will be physical barriers between students, staff, and any areas where construction is occurring, both indoors and on the site. Construction workers will not have any contact with students, and will be required to pass background checks before entering the work areas.

As with the 2007 bond program, all new schools in the 2012 program will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards. These facilities will be energy efficient and environmentally responsible, resulting in lower operating costs for the district.