Mitchell ES construction 60 percent complete

The new Mitchell Elementary School is more than halfway complete, and the building will be ready for the school’s young leaders to move in this summer.  

The $23 million project is tracking at 60 percent completion with site work, paving, underground utilities, structural steel, and fireproofing complete. Exterior and interior wall systems, roofing, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation are ongoing.  

The building is enclosed and interior finishes, such as flooring and ceilings, are expected to begin this quarter, as well as insulation under the building.  

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, 91,300-square-foot-building will accommodate about 750 students and feature open, brightly colored learning spaces, abundant natural light, and extended learning spaces throughout the building for student collaboration. 

Mitchell Principal Elizabeth Castillo-Guajardo said teachers and students are eager to explore their new facility. 

“We can’t wait to see how the school’s open concept will impact learning,” Castillo-Guajardo said. “Our students are also excited about having an indoor gym, a real basketball court, and taking classes on the second floor.” 

Students and staff will remain at their current temporary location — the former Codwell Elementary School — for the duration of the construction process. 

“We are thrilled about being home again soon,” Castillo-Guajardo said. 

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