Demolition at Braeburn Elementary School is underway, with site work and paving soon to follow as crews begin the process of rebuilding the flood-ravaged campus.
“The community is excited to watch as demolition continues and progress on the new building begins,” Braeburn Principal Amanda Rodgers said.
The campus is one of four elementary schools — Braeburn, Mitchell, Scarborough, and Kolter — being rebuilt as a result of damages sustained last year during Hurricane Harvey.
Braeburn’s $30 million facility will accommodate about 1,000 students. The two-story 106,700-square-foot-building will feature open, brightly colored learning spaces, large windows, abundant natural light, and extended learning spaces throughout the building for individual and group collaboration.
HISD trustees voted in December to rebuild the schools after facilities assessments found significant property damage, as well as a strong need to raise the elevation of the buildings to prevent potential future flood damage.
The construction projects — which call for each school to be demolished and rebuilt at its current site — are being managed by Construction Manager at Risk Satterfield & Pontikes Construction.
Following the storm, Braeburn was temporarily relocated to the old DeBakey High School for Health Professions in the Texas Medical Center. This move allowed them to quickly resume classes.
However, the school is not able to stay at this site for the duration of the construction process. As a result, they are relocating this summer to the Welch Middle School campus, where they will stay until their new facility opens in early 2020.
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