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HISD Construction Services on Monday led Board of Education Trustee Diana Dávila and other district administrators on a tour of the new High School for Law & Justice, which is set for completion next month.
An outdoor patio overlooking the Houston skyline, a realistic courtroom classroom, and a large cafetorium with floor-to-ceiling windows were just a few of the areas attendees got a sneak peek of during the tour.
HISD Board of Education Trustee Diana Dávila said she is pleased with the building’s overall architecture and location.
“I like the fact that it has a lot of open windows for natural light,” Dávila said. “Now that we have centralized the campus, it is more accessible to our neighborhood students.”
HSLJ, funded through a combination of bond funds and real estate proceeds, is one of 40 schools being rebuilt as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. The $39.9 million project is nearly complete, with building inspections in process and paint and flooring underway.
“It’s a beautiful building and has already exceeded my expectations,” HSLJ Principal Carol Mosteit said. “We are looking forward to moving in.”
In addition to traditional high school spaces for JROTC, athletics, and fine arts, the new campus will feature crime-scene investigations labs, an emergency communications center, and a law library.
The 105,000-square-foot building also features a large central learning stairway and a sky bridge that connects the second and third floors across a large open commons area.
The new campus is centrally located on Scott Street just outside of downtown Houston, and its proximity to the Houston Police Department South Central Station will serve as a resource to students in the magnet school’s criminal justice program.
Construction is slated for completion during first quarter of 2018 with the building expected to open in time for summer school 2018.
Half of all projects in the 2012 Bond Program are already complete and open to students. Once all projects are finished, HISD will boast one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the nation.
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