Houston’s construction market is booming, and HISD is a big part of that.
A new video released this week highlights progress that has been made since Houston voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s $1.89 billion bond program three years ago.
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HISD currently has more active construction work underway than at any other time in its history, and the district is well on its way to having the most modern portfolio of urban campuses in the country.
Under the bond program, 28 schools will receive new buildings and 12 schools will be renovated, but no two projects will be the same.
Each school has a Project Advisory Team, made up of parents, students, teachers and community members, that are actively engaged in the planning and design of every school.
“The PAT group has been extremely involved in the process – every part of this process has been with their guidance,” said John Haugen of NATEX architects.
Working with PATs will help ensure that every new school is representative of its stakeholders and meets the needs of students, teachers, and the community.
Each PAT meets monthly from the beginning of the planning phase through construction – a process that can take about three years.
The first new schools will open to students in August 2016.