Construction on the new addition for Westbury High School is approaching 75 percent completion and on track to open in the second quarter of 2018.
The building is now fully enclosed with permanent power and HVAC systems up and running. Work will continue on exterior masonry and interior finishes into the first quarter.
“I love the new building,” Westbury Principal Susan Monaghan said. “Having the opportunity to walk through and see it room by room has us even more excited. We can’t wait to move in.”
As part of the Houston Independent School District’s 2012 Bond Program, Westbury is receiving a new two-story addition with 26 classrooms, flexible learning centers, two new gyms, and a multi-purpose dining commons area.
The $40 million dollar project will also include general renovations to the current building, including new administrative offices and a redesigned front entrance, which will be re-located near the highly visible atrium, creating a prominent, easily identifiable and secure main entry.
After work on the new addition wraps up, demolition of the existing temporary buildings will follow, making room for new tennis courts and a new green space/practice field, which will also serve as a detention pond. That work is expected to run through the fourth quarter 2018.
Westbury’s fine arts program is also slated to receive upgraded spaces from $6.2 million in bond surplus funds approved by HISD trustees last spring. Those enhancements are in the early planning stage, and work is not expected to begin until after the current project is complete.
New baseball and softball fields were also included in the scope of the bond work and completed in an earlier phase of the project.
Westbury is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, being rebuilt or renovated as part of HISD’s 2012 Bond Program. Construction is underway at roughly two dozen campuses in HISD. Almost 50 percent of bond projects are now complete and open to students. Once all work is done, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.
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