Lee HS building project goes vertical

Lee High School’s new building project reached a significant milestone in December, as workers on the site began installation of steel beams and columns, marking the start of vertical construction.

As part of HISD’s bond program, Lee HS is slated to receive a $73.8 million school to accommodate 1,700 to 1,900 students. The new 240,000-square-foot facility will include state-of-the-art technology with flexibility to allow for future upgrades.

The two-story building will be divided into four neighborhood wings with open spaces and plenty of windows to maximize natural light.

The main entrance to the school will remain on the north, so the campus will keep its historical Beverly Hill address. It will also feature a light-filled atrium, internal courtyard, large dinning commons and a natatorium.

Students will continue to attend classes in the existing building throughout construction. Once the new building is complete, the current building will be demolished then new athletic fields and additional parking will be built on that site.

Construction is targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2017.