December 2016 bond construction update

Workman's new entrance

Bond-related construction projects are underway throughout the district, and more will begin soon.

Below are details about the projects currently underway.

For construction projects at occupied schools, student safety is always paramount. All tasks are completed either when school is not in session – in the evenings or on weekends – or in cordoned-off areas. While school is in session, areas of the building under renovation are locked or walled-off. Students do not have access to those areas, and construction workers are only permitted in construction areas. Construction workers are also required to pass a background check before working at any AISD campus.

Anderson Elementary
Construction at Anderson Elementary began Nov. 28 and will add two STEM labs, a strings room and security vestibule.

Renovations to add the STEM labs and strings room are currently underway – with most of the demolition completed the week after Thanksgiving – and the security vestibule work will begin over winter break.

A second wave of bond construction will come in 2019 and include a series of life-cycle and deficiency upgrades.

The current projects are being managed by W. B. Kibler Construction, following plans designed by Hahnfeld Hoffer and Stanford.

[Click here for more information about Anderson’s bond construction scope and schedule, and click here to see construction photos.]

Blanton Elementary
Construction at Blanton Elementary began Nov. 28 to renovate the K-pod and add two STEM labs, a strings room and security vestibule in the existing building.

Renovations to add the STEM labs and strings room are currently underway, along with renovations for the K-pod. Most of the demolition has been completed and is being followed with mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in and framing and drywall. The security vestibule work will begin over winter break.

A second wave of bond construction will come in 2018 and include a series of life-cycle and deficiency upgrades.

The current projects are being managed by W. B. Kibler Construction, following plans designed by Hahnfeld Hoffer and Stanford.

[Click here for more information about Blanton’s bond construction scope and schedule, andclick here for construction photos.]

Boles Junior High
Construction at Boles Junior High was temporarily put on hold when it was discovered that the underground main electrical line is located where the new addition will be built. But the construction manager, Pogue Construction, is working with Oncor to put in a new line. The goal is to get the new line in and the primary power switched to it over the winter break. Once that is done, construction of the addition will begin, probably in January. The winter break will also provide the opportunity for painting exterior areas of the existing building.

The new addition will include a computer lab, an art room with support spaces and three CTHEI classrooms.

Boles will also receive a new special education suite within the existing building. The suite will include four special education classrooms, a mock apartment (ADL Room), motor lab, ISPD classroom, PAES/Prevoc room, ABLE room and conference room. Three restroom banks will also be renovated to comply with ADA.

Construction of the addition will begin first. Once complete, the special education suite will be built.

Construction at Boles is being managed by Pogue, following plans designed by Stantec.

[Click here for more information about Boles’ bond construction scope and schedule]

Career and Technical Center
A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction of the Career and Technical Center (CTC) on April 7. [Read more about the groundbreaking.]

New construction began in early 2016, and approval was given on Sept. 16 for the CTC to go vertical. The 169,800 square-foot building is being erected in six areas, with each area in a different phase of construction. Depending on the area, numerous tasks are underway, including roof decking, exterior wall framing, fire proofing, MEP overhead rough-in, masonry, second floor decking, steel erection, electrical, plumbing and more. The small building at the southwest corner of the property, formerly a daycare, will be demolished beginning this month.

Construction of the CTC is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by VLK Architects. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2017.

[See photos of the Hutcheson demolition, the CTC groundbreaking and CTC construction. Learn more about the future Career and Technical Center.]

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Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language
Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language opened in August 2015 in the Corey Elementary building and renovations started that fall. Renovations are now mostly complete and a dedication ceremony and open house was held on Oct. 15. [Read more and see photos from the open house] All that remains for construction is some metal around window boxes and punch-list items.

The building received extensive renovations to enhance the fine arts and dual-language programming. The renovations provided state-of-the-art fine arts spaces like strings rooms, piano practice rooms, drama space and dance studio. The building also received numerous life-cycle and deficiency upgrades.

Construction at Corey is being managed by Pogue Construction, following plans designed by Stantec Architects.

[Click here for more information about Corey Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language. See photos of the construction.]

Farrell Elementary
Construction at Farrell Elementary began last month and includes renovations for two STEM labs, a strings room, computer lab and K-pod, along with a number of life-cycle and deficiency upgrades and improvements.

The renovations in the K-pod, computer lab and strings room are underway, and the STEM labs will begin over the winter break. The break will allow for a lot of work to be done, with the aim of re-opening much of the renovated spaces for school in January.

The life-cycle upgrades are also ongoing. Fixes to the parking lot were poured over Thanksgiving and will be re-striped over the winter holiday. Other site improvements include irrigation, landscaping and lighting.

Construction at Farrell is being managed by W.B.Kibler Construction, following plans designed by Natex Architects.

[Click here for more information about Farrell’s bond scope and schedule, and click here to see construction photos.]

Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language
Jones Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language opened in August 2015 in the Roquemore Elementary building. Since the first school year ended in May 2016, major renovations on the building have been underway.

Jones is now in the third and final phase of renovations. The phasing plan – working in different areas of the building at different times – allows school to keep going.

The school building is receiving extensive renovations to enhance the fine arts and dual language programming. The renovations are providing state-of-the-art fine arts spaces like strings rooms, piano practice rooms, drama space and a dance studio. In addition, adjustments are being made to ensure there are enough classrooms so that each class – or cohort – can spend half the day in an English-speaking classroom and half the day in a Spanish-speaking classroom.

Most of phase one was completed over the past summer. Major renovations were done to the cafeteria and stage, office and main entry, gym, pod building, collaborative group areas, piano lab, music rooms, practice music rooms and east classrooms. Major structural upgrades were also completed to enhance and lengthen the life of the building, and exterior improvements, along with new landscaping, are being done to improve the school’s aesthetics. An outdoor performance area adjacent to Jones is under construction as well.

Phase two, which just wrapped up, included renovation for the art rooms, STEM labs, collaborative group areas and interior classrooms. Jones teachers and students occupied these areas around Thanksgiving.

The third and final phase is now underway and includes renovations of the library, dance room and theater arts room.

Construction at Jones is being managed by Joeris Construction, following plans designed by Stantec Architects.

[Click here for more information about Jones, and here for photos. Click here for construction photos of the outdoor performance area.]

Lamar High School
Renovations to give Lamar High School two culinary labs started in October. Three adjacent classrooms have been demolished and are being converted into the two kitchens. Lamar had been the only AISD high school with only one kitchen. Completion of the project is scheduled for January 2017.

Construction of the culinary labs is being managed by Hutcherson Construction Incorporated, following plans designed BRW Architects.

In other bond projects at Lamar, the school received a new Multipurpose Activity Center and new baseball field bleachers and lights. Life-cycle and deficiency upgrades will come later in 2018.

[Click here for construction photos.]

Little Elementary
The work at Little Elementary is being phased throughout the year and into next summer to avoid disrupting school. The first projects this fall include renovations that will provide two STEM labs, repairs to the irrigation system and landscaping. Demolition in the area that will house the STEM labs began in September. Over winter break, the roof and rooftop air conditioners on the K-pod will be replaced.

A number of other life-cycle and deficiency upgrades will be made throughout the school year, including replacing mechanical equipment, the sanitary sewer line, water coolers, emergency lighting and outlets. The fire alarm system will also be updated, the roof will be repaired and the parking lots will be restriped.

When the school year ends in June 2017, construction will continue into the summer. The strings room will be enlarged, a security vestibule will be added, the carpet in the K-pod will be replaced, and the rooftop HVAC system on the gymnasium will be replaced. The music room will also be updated by painting, carpeting and raising the ceiling.

Construction at Little is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by HKS.

[Click here for more details about Little's scope and schedule, and click here for construction photos.]

McNutt Elementary
The brand-new Sandy McNutt Elementary opened in August, but work has been ongoing to finish the entire building. Full completion is now near.

A few tasks are being finished, including metal panels on the exterior, irrigation and landscaping. The playground is being completed this month.

The construction of McNutt Elementary is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by Corgan.

[Click here for more details about McNutt. See construction photos of McNutt.]

Martin High School
The work at Martin High School is being phased throughout the year and into next summer to avoid disrupting school as much as possible. The plan and schedule are in place, but due to the fluid nature of construction, they are subject to change.

The first projects include renovations to the biomedical room, music library room, orchestra rehearsal room and percussion rehearsal room. Locker room renovations, weight room repairs and a new roof over the auditorium and gyms are or will soon be underway. A sidewalk to the new Multipurpose Activity Center was recently poured.

A number of other life-cycle and deficiency upgrades will be made throughout the school year, including, among others, replacement of plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, electrical panels and mechanical equipment. The fire alarm system will also be updated, a theater scene and prop assembly room added, and miscellaneous site repairs made.

When the school year ends in June 2017, construction will continue into the summer. Auditorium renovations will be made, including new seating, new carpet and the replacement of return ductwork. The lighting, stage rigging and audio system will also be replaced or repaired, and a video projection system and orchestra pit cover will be added. The black box theater will also undergo renovations. The ag, wood and metal shops will be renovated, along with the journalism/photography classroom. The boilers will be replaced, parking lot repairs made and new roofing installed over parts of the building.

The construction at Martin is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by HKS.

[Click here for more details about Martin's bond construction schedule and scope.]

Miller Elementary
The work at Miller Elementary is being phased throughout the year and into next summer to avoid disrupting school. The first projects this fall include renovations that will give the school two STEM labs and a strings room, repairs to the irrigation system, and the addition of 30 parking spaces in the north parking lot. Demolition in the area that will house the STEM labs began at the end of September, and now work includes electrical rough-in and ductwork.

The roof and rooftop air conditioners of the K-pod were replaced over fall break. The break also gave workers the opportunity to begin putting in a security vestibule at the front of the building. That work will continue through the winter break.

A number of other life-cycle and deficiency upgrades will be made throughout the school year, including replacing mechanical equipment, the sanitary sewer line, water coolers, emergency lighting and outlets. The fire alarm system will also be updated.

When the school year ends in June 2017, construction will continue into the summer. The roof on the main building will be replaced, carpet in the K-pod will be replaced, a new playground will be installed, and parking lot improvements will be made.

Construction at Miller is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by HKS Architects.

[Click here for more details about Miller, and click here to see construction photos.]

Multipurpose Activity Centers
New, 77,704-square-foot Multipurpose Activity Centers now grace each of the AISD’s six traditional high school campuses. Arlington High School’s was the first to open this fall, and the other five are close. Certificates of occupancy have now been obtained for all but Sam Houston, and by early 2017, all will be occupied.

Construction is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by Huckabee.

[Click here for more details about the MACs.]

Arlington High School – [Read more about the AHS MAC.] - See construction photos and photos from the air.]

Bowie High School
- See construction photos and photos from the air.

Lamar High School
- See construction photos and photos from the air.

Martin High School
- See construction photos and photos from the air.

Sam Houston High School
- See construction photos and photos from the air.

Seguin High School
- See construction photos and photos from the air.

Peach Elementary
The brand-new Eddy and Debbie Peach Elementary opened in August and work has been ongoing to finish the entire building. Full completion is now near.

A few tasks are being finished, including irrigation, landscaping and some punch-list items. The playground will be completed this month.

The construction of Peach Elementary is being managed by Balfour Beatty Construction, following plans designed by Perkins+Will.

[Click here for more details about Peach. See construction photos of Peach.]

Workman Junior High
Bond work at Workman Junior High is nearly finished, with mostly punch-list items remaining. The new kitchen freezer is almost ready, the culinary kitchen received new appliances this month to go along with its new floors and cabinets, and the construction manager’s trailer should be removed from the site by the end of the year.

All construction at Workman is being managed by Pogue Construction, following plans designed by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects.

[See photos of the addition construction, admin area renovation and the expanded cafeteria.]

COMPLETED PROJECTS
AHS MAC [Photos] Ferguson Education Center [Photos] Hutcheson Junior High demolition [Photos] Lamar High School baseball field [Photos] Workman Junior High cafeteria expansion [Photos] Ousley Junior High [Photos]