Madison HS Project Advisory Team tours new school construction

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Madison High School Project Advisory Team members joined with school staff for a tour of the Marlins’ new facility, getting a sneak peek of the new gym, dining commons, auto shop, and auditorium.

Construction of the new school is more than halfway complete. The concrete walls have been erected and the installation of the roof, windows, and exterior brickwork is underway. Interior walls are being framed and utility site work is underway.

Permanent power to the building — an important project milestone — will be connected to the building in early May.

“I already have the whole plan for it,” said newly hired Madison Principal Paolo Castagnoli. “When you get a new building, you also get new furniture and technology, so I’m looking forward to an increase in our enrollment numbers.”

Madison is among 40 schools being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program. The $94 million project calls for a new two-story school that will span 265,000 square feet and accommodate 1,900 to 2,100 students.

The school will be built facing West Orem Drive and will feature a two-story foyer that will double as a dining commons and large gathering space, while also providing plenty of natural light.

The school entrance will be flanked by three, two-story academic wings to the east and performing arts and community spaces to the west. A new gymnasium, athletics area, and swimming pool will be located in the northeast portion of the building.

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Longtime community member Linda Scurlock said she is pleased with the construction progress and looking forward to completion.

“Madison has always been a shining light in the community, so the idea of having a new school is great,” Scurlock said.

Phase one of construction is slated for completion this December with the school scheduled to move in over the winter break. Once the new school is finished, crews will begin demolition of the existing school to make way for new athletic fields.

Bond construction is underway at roughly two dozen campuses. Half of all projects are finished 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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