Wilson Montessori prepares to welcome students to new building addition

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Construction on the three-story addition to Wilson Montessori is wrapping up, with the school preparing to open a portion of the facility next week and complete the remainder of their move-in over spring break.

Workers are finishing interior touches, and plan to do a final cleaning before crews start setting up furniture. Exterior site work, including sidewalk installation, will be complete in the coming weeks.

The Montrose-area prekindergarten through eighth-grade school is receiving a $24.7 million makeover as part of HISD’s voter-approved 2012 Bond program. The project includes construction of the addition, as well as renovations to the historic main building, which was built in 1924.

“We’ve loved seeing this building going up,” Wilson Montessori Principal Beth Bonnette said. “We can’t wait to move in and make it part of our home.”

See time-lapse video of Wilson Montessori construction.

The building addition features a large library space with floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in plenty of natural light and connect students to the outdoors. It also features a large flexible learning center, a drama room, multipurpose rooms, science labs, and a new cafeteria and dining area.

Crews will focus next on additional renovations in the original building, where the old cafeteria, auditorium, and teacher work rooms will be reconfigured into new classroom spaces and learning areas. A new parking lot, detention pond, and soccer fields also are planned.

Renovations to the administrative offices, reception area, security vestibule, clinic, and library were completed last August.

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 finished, HISD will boast of one of the most modern portfolios of urban high schools in the country.

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