Construction on Westbury High School’s two-story building addition is wrapping up, with the school beginning to move into the space this weekend and use the new classrooms as early as March 5.
Classroom furniture setup is complete. Furniture installation for the dining commons and other flexible spaces is underway, as are final interior touches and wood floor installation in the main gym.
The school will be fully moved into the new addition by the time students return from spring break.
“We’re excited to get into the building and get settled,” Westbury Principal Susan Monaghan said. “It’s going to be a wonderful new learning environment.”
Westbury’s new addition is part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond Program and includes 26 classrooms, flexible learning centers, two new gyms, and a multi-purpose dining commons area.
The $40 million project also includes general renovations to the current building, including new administrative offices and a redesigned secure front entrance, which has been relocated to the highly-visible atrium area.
Plans also call for new baseball and softball fields, which were completed in an earlier phase of the project.
The next phase of the project will be demolition of the existing temporary buildings to make room for new tennis courts and a green space/practice field that also will serve as a detention pond.
Construction is expected to run through the fourth quarter 2018.
After the current project is complete, crews will begin upgrading Westbury’s fine arts spaces. The $6.2 million facelift will be funded from bond surplus dollars approved last spring by the HISD Board of Education.
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, and half of all 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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