Work on the new Madison High School is now underway as crews have demolished athletic fields and begun construction on a new parking lot across the street from the current building.
The work is part of the project’s first phase, which also includes construction of the new high school. Passersby can expect to see steel being erected over the summer as crews officially begin construction of the building.
Madison High School Principal Orlando Reyna hosted a community meeting on Thursday to review final designs and reveal an overview of construction plans for the school’s new $82.7 million building, which crews will start to build in the coming weeks.
About 25 stakeholders turned out to hear from the project manager, the architect, and the contractor, and ask them questions. Continue reading →
Madison High School’s Project Advisory Team held its second community meeting on Dec. 3 to discuss design progress to date. The new $82.7 million school will face West Orem with a defined entrance that will integrate the new facility into the community.
Under the proposed design, the school entrance would be flanked by a three-story academic wing to the east and performing arts and community spaces to the west. The gym and athletics area would be located to the northeast. The facility’s academic wing will showcase the school’s Career & Technical Education programs, including metal working, automotive, and agriculture. The different academic neighborhoods will be connected by learning commons that give students a place to study and collaborate.
At least one more community meeting will be held before construction of the new school begins.
Nearly 40 people turned out Tuesday evening to Madison High School to learn about plans to replace the 50-year-old school with a new $82.7 million facility that will feature modern learning spaces and integrated technology.
“We want this school to be a great school and reflect the best of our community,” said Linda Scurlock, who is a member of Madison’s Project Advisory Team, which has been meeting since last year to help plan the school.
Administrators are recommending that the HISD Board of Education authorize the district to negotiate design contracts with 13 firms on the remaining 14 projects within the 2012 bond program.
The latest round of contract recommendations comes ahead of schedule in response to the booming construction market in Houston. Although architect selections for schools in Groups 3 and 4 of the program weren’t slated to take place until next year, the district wanted to move forward as quickly as possible to minimize the impact of escalating construction inflation.