HOUSTON – Apr. 4, 2019– As the weather across Houston gets warmer, several bond construction sites across Spring Independent School District sites are moving forward at a steady pace towards completion.
The construction comes as part of the district’s continued progress on its commitments under the $330 million Bond program, approved by voters in 2016 to address long standing facility, technology and safety and security needs.
“This is a busy time of year for all of our contractors, especially at those schools opening in August,” said Gary Hutton, executive director of Planning and Construction. “Everyone is trying to make the most of the better weather and longer days to get as much done as possible so we’ll be ready for our students on the first day of school.”
Two middle schools are set to open on Aug. 14 — the new Springwoods Village Middle School and the replacement campus for Roberson Middle School.
Both buildings are pacing towards completion, with exterior framing ongoing, and exterior masonry to follow. Currently, building contractors are working on finishes and installing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
“We have a tight deadline on both of these projects,” Hutton said. “You’ll see a lot of activity at both sites as we push to get everything done.”
The August opening of both schools will be followed by the debut of the district’s replacement stadium, also set to open during the third quarter of 2019 as football season gears up. Work on the new facility is progressing rapidly and those driving past the Cypresswood site can expect to see steel beams going up on the fieldhouse, as well as the ongoing work of concrete pours for the drives, parking lot and columns for the stadium stands. Exterior framing and sheathing at the press box is in progress, while the visitor’s side concession and restroom building are now complete.
“Every time I visit the site, I see the progress,” said Willie Amendola, the district’ athletic director. “This stadium is going to offer a fantastic experience for our community.”
As these bond projects near completion, others are gearing up. Site work is already underway for the district’s ninth grade centers at Spring and Dekaney high schools. An intensive renovation is planned at the current Roberson Middle School at 1500 Southridge Road after students leave this May. The facility will then be transformed into the new Westfield High School ninth grade center.
Other campuses are currently undergoing maintenance updates, including Wells Middle School and Link Elementary School. Both schools are progressing with updates to restrooms, lockers, lighting, parking lot pavement and signage. Maintenance work at Dueitt Middle School and Twin Creeks Middle School is also moving forward as scheduled, with ongoing renovations to be completed this summer.
“All of this work is thanks to the support of our Spring ISD community, and we’re grateful,” said Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson. “These investments in our facilities will benefit our students for generations to come.”
For more detailed information on the 2016 Bond program and updates, visit www.springisd.org/bond2016.