Jan. 30, 2017 - School improvements and a large addition for Sam Houston are officially underway. Portable classrooms on the east side of campus were moved out of the way at the end of 2016 and ground work started this month.
There are a number of different projects included in the scope, so work is being phased throughout this year, the summer and into next school year to avoid disrupting school as much as possible. The first project is the biggest. A new addition that will house a ninth-grade wing, along with a new kitchen and dining area, will be built on the east side. The new wing will also include a teacher planning area, and the new dining area will include exterior dining spaces. The current cafeteria and dining area will be converted into classrooms, including new science labs and art rooms.
Renovations and life-cycle and deficiency upgrades within the existing building will begin in the summer. This includes renovations for existing fine arts, career and technical education, and athletics spaces. The deficiency upgrades include updates and repairs for heating and A/C, electric, plumbing, exterior, interior finishes, landscaping, the parking lot and roof.
Students’ safety will always be the number one priority. All of the construction will be completed either when school is not in session – in the evenings or on weekends – or in cordoned-off areas. In addition, all construction workers are required to pass a background check before they work at Sam Houston or any AISD campus.
Completion is scheduled for the spring of 2018.