Construction on the new High School for Law and Justice is making steady progress, with work this quarter expected to bring the project to about 80 percent completion.
The new $40 million campus, which is funded through a combination of bond funds and real estate proceeds, will feature a realistic courtroom, crime-scene investigations lab, emergency communications center, and law library. The building also will include spaces for ROTC, athletics, fine arts, and other traditional high school spaces.
In the last quarter, the roof and exterior walls were installed, serving to enclose the building. Crews also installed the interior climate system, along with permanent power, plumbing, and utilities.
Workers are now focused on interior finishes, along with installation of food service equipment and permanent fixtures and furnishings. By year’s end, the building should be connected to City of Houston utilities and city inspections should be complete.
“It’s exciting to see the progress each week,” HSLJ Principal Carol Mosteit said. “We’ve spent so much time planning and dreaming of the new school. I can’t wait to move in.”
The project remains on track to be substantially completed by the first quarter of 2018, allowing for furniture deliveries and school set up during the spring. The school is expected to be open in time for summer school 2018.
The 115,000-square-foot building is centrally located just outside of downtown Houston on Scott Street, between Pease and Coyle streets. The building’s close proximity to the Houston Police Department South Central Station will serve as a resource to students in the magnet school’s criminal justice program.
HSLJ is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being rebuilt or renovated as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond program. Construction is underway on about two dozen campuses across the district. About half of the schools in the program are complete and open to students. Once all work is finished, the district will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.
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