Video highlights design for new Davis HS with ‘eye toward the future’

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A new video released by HISD highlights the planning and final design images for the new 21st century Davis High School. The campus is one of 40 facilities being rebuilt or renovated under the $1.89 billion bond program approved by voters in 2012.

The new Davis, located on Houston’s north side, is being built as a 21st century campus while aiming to preserve the facility’s history and significant building structure for a school that will accommodate up to 1,700 students.

“We want to make sure that we continue to respect some of the history and recognize it, but also with an eye toward the future,” said City of Houston Councilman Ed Gonzalez.

The school’s Project Advisory Team has worked since last year to finalize design concepts for the site. Architect Mark French of Bay-IBI Group Architects says although there were many site challenges with the allocated space, many priorities for the site have now been balanced.

“One of the things we heard was that they really wanted to preserve the historic Davis front as it existed in the 1926 building,” French said.

Construction for the school is slated to begin mid-to-late 2015.

“It’s going to be really important to see where we’re going with future growth, and looking at how we are going to use the land around us,” said Principal Julissa Alcantar-Martinez.