Six HISD schools set to open new facilities in January

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HISD will open six new schools next month, bringing the total number of new campuses opened during the past year to 21 and marking the completion of more than 80 percent of all school construction projects.

Schools include Madison and Worthing high schools, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Barbara Jordan Career Center, Wharton Dual Language Academy, and Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. All are part of the 2012 Bond Program.

“We’ve completed a record-breaking number of projects,” HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said. “Essentially, that means more students now have access to vibrant, modern, state-of-the-art learning spaces. That’s our goal.”

Madison High School’s $94 million building spans 265,000 square feet and features a two-story main foyer that doubles as a dining commons and large gathering space, flanked by three two-story academic wings and athletics spaces to the east and performing arts and community spaces to the west.

Barbara Jordan Career Center features specialized spaces for career and technology programs. The $42 million, 120,000-square-foot facility will accommodate 600 to 800 students, who will spend part of the day at their home school and part at Jordan participating in specialized, hands-on training.

Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center’s $118.6 million campus features a three-story, 360,000-square-foot facility with a collegiate feel. Its grand learning stairway and large courtyard provide gathering spaces that complement the modern classrooms, JROTC area, and fine arts wing.

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts’ $88 million campus includes five stories of classroom and program space, plus two levels of underground parking, along with an 800-seat main theater, secondary studio theater, black box theater, dance and music studios, and ample practice and performance space.

Worthing High School’s new $33 million facility incorporates a recently completed two-story classroom wing and features a cafeteria that opens to a large central outdoor courtyard, a JROTC area, administrative offices, a weight room, two gymnasiums, classroom space, and a hospitality lab.

Wharton Dual Language Academy’s $39.2 million addition and renovation preserved the front façade of the original building, while completely renovating the interior and connecting it to a three-story addition with learning spaces and labs, a gym and library, an interior courtyard, and a grand entryway.

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