The second and final phase of construction at Worthing High School has officially passed the halfway mark, Project Advisory Team members learned during their quarterly meeting on Wednesday.
Crews have installed the steel portion of the structure. Most metal stud framing for interior walls, doors, and windows is complete, concrete has been poured for the main parking lot and bus drive, and installation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems is underway.
Also complete are renovations to the original building, including work on the auditorium stage, music rooms, restrooms, locker rooms, and clinic.
“We’re making good progress every day and are now at 54 percent completion,” Prime Contractors Project Manager Brad Hooper said. “The roof installation is nearly finished, and the building will be completely dried-in about five weeks from now.”
Located in Houston’s Sunnyside community, Worthing is among 40 schools being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program. The $33 million calls for a new facility that incorporates a recently completed two-story classroom wing. Once finished, the project will accommodate 1,100 to 1,300 students.
The project has taken place in two phases. The first phase focused on the construction of a new two-story classroom wing that opened to students in August 2016. Students are attending school in that new wing — which features brightly colored learning centers, science labs, and career and technology education spaces, as well as a collegiate-style lecture hall — while crews finish rebuilding the remainder of the school.
Part of the second phase includes a new building addition, which will house a new JROTC area, administrative spaces, weight room, competition and auxiliary gyms, academic wings, hospitality lab, and a dining area that opens to a large outdoor courtyard.
In the coming weeks and months, crews will be installing windows, exterior brick and metal roof panels, and permanent power will be connected to the building so that crews can begin testing and operating electrical and HVAC systems.
The project is slated for completion during the fourth quarter of 2018.
Active construction is underway at roughly two dozen campuses as part of the 2012 Bond program. Half of all projects are now finished and open to students. Once all work is complete, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.
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