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Dredging up this old topic but they have a proper fence now.

Much better.

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What? Anyways, no my point is it would be ridiculous to think politics don't play in to this, and if they're going to use any money it will be on this project for sure. 

 

Just to use the words "crown jewel"... I don't know, seems odd... like this is Xavier's School for Gifted Youngters or something. Are you thinking that because it's located in downtown that it has higher priority over the rest? Are you basing this off of an article? 

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Just to use the words "crown jewel"... I don't know, seems odd... like this is Xavier's School for Gifted Youngters or something. Are you thinking that because it's located in downtown that it has higher priority over the rest? Are you basing this off of an article? 

Ok well let me use a different choice of words.... This school was clearly designed to be noticed. It isn't a typical development for any school. Now while it's no Juilliard, it's def for some of the most talented, most creative young people in the city. So yeah I didn't read it from some article, it's an opinion. I think if any school is going to gain attention for being built, it's this one. It's mean't to stand out. 

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Ok well let me use a different choice of words.... This school was clearly designed to be noticed. It isn't a typical development for any school. Now while it's no Juilliard, it's def for some of the most talented, most creative young people in the city. So yeah I didn't read it from some article, it's an opinion. I think if any school is going to gain attention for being built, it's this one. It's mean't to stand out. 

 

I see what you mean. Well, to play devil's advocate then, couldn't it be possible that because it stands out from all the rest that it may just not fit the budget then?

 

Either way, I hope it gets built. I've just been worried about it ever since they brought up material cost as the reason this hasn't moved forward.

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I see what you mean. Well, to play devil's advocate then, couldn't it be possible that because it stands out from all the rest that it may just not fit the budget then?

 

Either way, I hope it gets built. I've just been worried about it ever since they brought up material cost as the reason this hasn't moved forward.

Very good point. Ultimately these school upgrades benefit the kids going there. But on the flip side as a development I hope it gets built for the sake of downtown. If Urbannizer is correct, it's a 4th quarter start, so hopefully we see some dirt move soon.

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so something i noticed here...

What are they planning to do to Lamar High School?

What are they planning to do to J. Davis High School?

Milby?

... These are beautiful buildings...

I'll have to look up those buildings, but if they are as beautiful as you say they are it would be neat for Lovett to come in and turn it into something like the 1st ward arts district they are creating. Turn the classrooms into livable studios and/or work spaces, turn the larger rooms into places for community amenities.

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Think I heard that Lamar was not going to be torn down, or anything terribly drastic and moistly just the interiors rebuilt and renovated.

 

Correct.  and I think maybe an addition.

 

Here's the description from the project website:

 

The new campus will support the school’s IB program and Business Administration program with a four-story academic wing and adjacent athletics facility, various levels of interior renovation to the existing historic building, a new multi-level parking garage, larger athletics fields, and the preservation of the park-like front lawn on Westheimer Road.

 

Same for Davis HS:

 

The work will be a combination of renovation to the historical building and the addition of new construction for the school’s culinary and fine arts programs.

 

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The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts’ new building project received a long-awaited Notice to Proceed from HISD last week, which gives the construction manager at risk (CMAR) the needed go-ahead to mobilize on the site and starts the clock ticking on the 31-month construction timeline.

This is music to the ears of HSPVA stakeholders, as the project has been delayed for about a year while the project team worked through a variety of issues to bring the project within its allotted budget.

“HSPVA is a magical school, and we are excited that we’ve finally gotten the details hammered out to enable us to move forward,” said Scott Allen, principal of the fine arts magnet school. “Although the school isn’t getting everything on our wish list, we’re thrilled with the design and the creative environment Gensler has created for our young artists.”

Designed by architecture firm Gensler, the new 168,000-square-foot building will be located in downtown Houston between Caroline and Austin streets near the city’s renowned arts and theater district. The building’s main entrance will be on Austin and feature dramatic double-high glass windows and a wide stairwell.

The facility will also include an 800-seat main theatre with a balcony, dance and music studios, and art galleries. The building will rise five stories above ground and contain two levels of underground parking, a modern outdoor dining area on the first level, and outdoor roof terrace located near the library.

More information on the HSPVA project

Construction on the new $80 million project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

HSPVA is one of 40 schools being rebuilt or renovated as part of HISD’s $1.89 billion bond program. The program also includes work that will benefit students across the district, including $100 million in technology upgrades, $44.7 million to replace regional fieldhouses and improve athletics facilities, $35 million to renovate middle school restrooms, and $17.3 million for safety and security improvements.

http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2016/02/22/hspva-gets-go-ahead-on-new-building/ 

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I just wonder what all they cut out to bring this within their allotted budget.

The principal stated that they weren't getting everything they were originally.

I am glad this is finally going to happen. I have a few friends on the faculty and I know they were very frustrated 

with the delays.

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This is going to tie in downtown so nicely! I just wish it was going to be ready before the Super Bowl!

 

I'm happy if it is still under construction.  That way visitors can see that Houston hasn't totally shriveled up and died.

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