New Lawson MS set for completion this summer

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Construction on the new Lawson Middle School is now in the final stages, with the project almost 90 percent complete and on track to open this summer.

The main and auxiliary gymnasiums, locker rooms, dining commons, kitchen, and administrative offices are nearly complete, and flooring is being installed throughout the building. In addition, driveways at the east and west sides of the campus are almost finished.

“The end is in sight,” Lawson Principal Kasey Bailey said, noting that furniture selections have been confirmed, and delivery will occur mid-May. “We are extremely excited and can’t wait to move in.”

Lawson is being rebuilt as part of the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program. The $66.2 million facility will accommodate about 1,300 students.

Design features include a new dining commons, two gymnasiums, and central courtyard area, where students can gather to learn and study throughout the day. Plans also include a new fine arts wing, which will feature a modern black box theatre that also can be used as a multipurpose space.

Once the new 197,093-square-foot facility is complete, the old building will be demolished to make way for new athletics fields.

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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