Christmas came early for Askew Elementary School Project Advisory Team members, who got their first tour of their new building Thursday afternoon.
Brightly colored classrooms, a learning commons overlooking the library, and large cafetorium were just a few of the spaces PAT members got a glimpse of during their walk-through, which included a final stop in the principal’s office.
Askew Principal Ebony Cumby smiled as she said she could already envision the exact placement of her new red couch.
Administrators, staff and students will be joined by HISD Board of Education President Michael Lunceford and Superintendent Terry Grier during the official dedication ceremony for the new Paul W. Horn Elementary today at 9 a.m. at the new campus, 4530 Holly Street.
All building systems on the new campus were designed to yield a projected increase of 24.6 percent in energy efficiency. Click image above for video tour.
“Being a former Horn parent myself, I can’t tell you how delighted I am to see this new building,” said Lunceford. “This is the kind of facility that every student in HISD deserves. It saves energy, fits perfectly with the surrounding community, and will prove to be a hub of achievement that parents, students and teachers can be proud of.”
The new Horn facility is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and all building materials were made using 41 percent recycled content. All building systems on the new campus were designed to yield a projected increase of 24.6 percent in energy efficiency. The district has committed to build all new construction projects to LEED standards.
The $805 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2007 made this project possible. The new school includes:
Bioswale to reduce potable water use;
New science labs;
New computer lab; and
Smart Board technology in all classrooms.
“Our new facility truly supports our focus on a holistic curriculum that speaks to the needs of the whole child,” said Horn Principal Sarah Harrington referring to the academy’s mission as a magnet school. “With Smart Board technology, our new library and computer lab, we are well poised to meet the needs of all our students.”
For more information about other school construction projects district wide, visit www.hisdprojects.org.