Construction at the new Braeburn Elementary School is steadily progressing and the building will be ready for the Bobcats to move in this summer.
The $30 million project is tracking at 65 percent completion with fireproofing complete and structural steel and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installation to wrap this quarter. Roofing and interior framing are more than 75 percent complete and paving will be completed this month.
The building is enclosed and interior finishes, such as flooring and ceilings, are expected to begin this quarter.
“As a community, we are incredibly excited as we watch the building come to life,” Braeburn Principal Amanda Rodgers said. “Bricks are going up now, which makes it all feel so real.”
The campus is one of four HISD elementary schools being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage from Hurricane Harvey. The original building was demolished in 2018, with site work and construction beginning soon after.
The new two-story 112,000-square-foot-building will accommodate about 1,000 students and feature open, brightly colored learning spaces, abundant natural light, and extended learning spaces throughout the building for student collaboration.
Rodgers said anticipation for the new school is growing as construction develops.
“Parents and students are surprised at how big the building looks and how nice it is already,” Rodgers said. “Teachers are thrilled at the prospect of being in a new building with room for everything and everyone, plentiful windows, and space to stretch out.”
Braeburn staff and students are currently being housed in temporary academic buildings located at Welch Middle School, where they will remain for the duration of the construction process.
“We are looking forward to being back in our neighborhood with our families,” Rodgers said.
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