Scarborough HS construction more than halfway complete

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Construction at Scarborough High School is over halfway complete with renovations to classroom spaces and common areas finished in time for students to enjoy on the first day of school on Sept. 11.

The remaining portion of the project — a 13,000-square-foot JROTC and fine arts building addition — is nearly complete with roofing underway and brick installation set to begin in the coming weeks.

“Although our construction timeline is slightly delayed, the crew has us back on track,” Scarborough Principal Rod Treviño said, referring to initial delays in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Our classrooms and hallways look great, and students are excited about the look of their new 21st century building.”

Scarborough is among 40 schools, including 29 high school, being renovated or rebuilt as part of the district’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. The $14.6 million project includes major renovations and site improvements, as well as the new addition.

The renovated campus will feature a new tennis court, baseball field dugout, and drainage systems, as well as exterior landscaping and a secure main entry and welcome center area that will serve as the focal point for the front of the campus. The existing cafeteria space also will be upgraded with a snack bar.

Construction is slated for completion during the fourth quarter of 2017. Project officials said damages from Hurricane Harvey were minimal as only small amounts of water were found in an office area in the new addition and in the hallways of the existing building. The crew was able to quickly remedy the issue and resume work within a week.

Scarborough is among the more than two dozen campuses in HISD where active construction is underway as part of the 2012 Bond Program. Almost half of all 2012 Bond projects are now complete and open to students. Once all work is finished, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.