Construction at the new Scarborough Elementary School is steadily progressing, despite the district being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work on the campus has continued, as allowable under the public health guidelines, with a reduction of the workforce to adhere to social distancing requirements.
The $23 million project is tracking at 94 percent completion, with site work, paving, underground utilities, structural steel, roofing, interior wall systems, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installation complete. Exterior wall systems and interior finishes are ongoing.
Work on exterior sidewalks, playgrounds, irrigation, and landscaping has started.
“The construction of the new campus has seen a few obstacles, including storms like Imelda, and the current pandemic,” Scarborough Principal Miriam Medina said. “These catastrophes, however, have not dulled the bright optimism and enthusiasm held by the Scarborough Elementary scholars and community.”
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.
“The Scarborough Elementary Huskies continue to wait patiently for their new school,” Medina said. “Parents, staff, and scholars are ready to embrace our new state-of-the-art facility, where learning and laughter will be a daily occurrence.”
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