As concrete walls go up and steel framing is erected, the Milby High School community can now see the future of their new campus beginning to take shape.
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The 267,000-square-foot project along Broadway Street in Houston’s East End is a combination of new construction and renovation, allowing the school to maintain its historical structure while also creating a modern learning environment for up to 2,000 students.
“All of the tilt walls and concrete walls have now been completed,” said HISD’s Project Manager Mark Crippen. ”It seems as if it takes forever to complete, but once construction starts, it moves pretty quickly.”
Steel framing for each building complex is complete, and steel detailing for the interior is in progress. Mechanical and electrical system installation is underway, as is the roof installation and the pouring of concrete for the north parking lot.
Once complete, the campus will feature new administrative offices, an auditorium with a black box theater, and a large commons area with a student union and large courtyard where students can gather outside for lunch.
In addition, three-story academic wings are being erected to the north and south of the main building. Each will include learning spaces for science and engineering labs, welding, and the culinary arts program, which includes a student-run café. Additionally, a print shop in the career technical education (CTE) area will provide students with real-world, hands-on job experience.
The school also will have new performing and visual arts and athletic spaces, which will be located at the back of the campus.
The new campus is scheduled to open by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.