Building progress at Furr High School has reached a noteworthy milestone already this year, as workers have begun installing the concrete and masonry walls, marking the beginning of vertical construction.
As part of HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program, Furr will receive a new 182,000-square-foot $55 million building to accommodate 1,300 students.
“We’ve put a lot into the planning of our new school, so it’s wonderful to see the project actually taking shape,” said Principal Bertie Simmons. “I can’t wait to move in next year.”
The new three-story building has been designed to enhance the school’s science, technology, engineering, and arts programs and will include flexible, brightly colored learning areas that can be adjusted through moveable furniture and sliding glass doors.
Students are attending classes in the existing facility while the new building is erected on the adjacent athletics fields.
Construction on the new school is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2017. Once the new building is complete, the current one will be demolished and new athletics fields will be built on that site.