Eastwood Academy starts new year in new addition

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Eastwood Academy started 2018 with the opening of a new wing — the first of two additions being built for the school as part of the 2012 Bond Program.

Known as the “blue wing,” the building houses the main entrance to the facility, as well as a new student dining and multipurpose area, career and technical education classrooms, an athletics facility, and a large covered patio.

It eventually will connect to the school’s existing two-story classroom wing.

“Our students are enjoying the new amenities, and we already feel at home here,” Eastwood Academy Principal Brandi Lira said.

Lira said students in the school’s engineering and cyber security pathways are particularly appreciative of the new facility.

“They are able to comfortably design and build their projects in a space designed to be conducive to the work,” Lira said. “It’s a wonderful space.”

The $10.9 million project is being completed in two phases. The second phases focuses on the construction of the second wing, which will house the library and additional flexible spaces. Construction on phase 2 is already underway and expected to wrap up in the second quarter of 2018.

Eastwood is among 40 HISD campuses, including 29 high schools, being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program. Half of all projects are now finished and open to students. Once all work is completed, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.

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