Phase 1 of the massive $132 million project to rebuild Bellaire HS will continue with prep work through the first part of 2019, with demolition of the career and technology building and infrastructure improvements to create stormwater detention continuing.
HISD is aiming to go to the city of Bellaire with its plans and permit requests for the second phase of the project in the spring or summer. That will include demolition of the academic building and construction of administrative spaces, courtyard, dining and learning commons, and a four-story parking garage.
Meantime, Kolter Elementary — its Meyerland campus destroyed by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey — is expected to continue at the former Gordon ES/Mandarin Chinese academy campus on Avenue B throughout 2019. Its replacement campus is expected to open in early 2020. After Kolter exits, plans are to demolish the school and construct new baseball facilities for Bellaire HS there, adjacent to Feld Park.
Construction of the $129 million Lamar HS campus is proceeding, with the new, four-story academic wing and transit center expected to open with the 2019-20 school year.
The historic Art Deco building and theater on Westheimer Road will remain and continue to function as the school’s entrance — with some improvements, including an alumni center and faculty/staff child care facility. Some demolition work and installation of improved athletic fields will follow the opening of the new facilities.
Featured in Essentials Magazine/Schools, January 2019