Heavy rain and flooding throughout the Houston area may have slowed down many this week, but construction at the new Lee High School work site continued to move forward.[photoshelter-gallery g_id=”G0000R5C9v.jNxXM” g_name=”20160415-Lee” width=”600″ f_fullscreen=”t” bgtrans=”t” pho_credit=”iptc” twoup=”f” f_bbar=”t” f_bbarbig=”f” fsvis=”f” f_show_caption=”t” crop=”f” f_enable_embed_btn=”t” f_htmllinks=”t” f_l=”t” f_send_to_friend_btn=”f” f_show_slidenum=”t” f_topbar=”f” f_show_watermark=”t” img_title=”casc” linkdest=”c” trans=”xfade” target=”_self” tbs=”5000″ f_link=”t” f_smooth=”f” f_mtrx=”t” f_ap=”t” f_up=”f” height=”400″ btype=”old” bcolor=”#CCCCCC” ]
Located on Houston’s west side, the $73.8 million, 240,000-square-foot facility is being rebuilt as a modern learning environment that will accommodate 1,700 to 1,900 students.
“The school looks like it’s going up pretty fast, and I’m really happy given the weather lately,” said Lee Principal Jonathan Trinh. “The community appreciates having a new school. With the neighborhood surrounding the school going through renovations now, we’re hoping the new campus will kick start and revitalize the area.”
Steel framing has been erected in the dining commons area, administration wing and performing arts space. Plumbing and underground utility work is ongoing, along with the pouring of concrete and roofing instillation.
The new campus will feature a two-story building 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, allowing the campus to keep its historic Beverly Hill street address.
Over the coming summer months, the campus will begin to rapidly take shape as exterior doors and windows are installed. Permanent power for the school is expected to be installed by June, allowing for the remaining site work to be completed. Although weather has delayed site work, the target opening date of first quarter 2017 remains the same, with the move-in date scheduled for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Once the new building is complete and students have moved in, the original building will be demolished to accommodate athletic fields and additional parking.
“The feedback from parents, students, staff and community has been that everyone is looking forward to the school opening,” Trinh said.