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Facility progress reports are emailed to parents and staff through HPISD's eNewsletter. Each monthly update is posted below.

Facilities Update November 2018

 

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

Bradfield Elementary Rebuild:

  • The west stair steel has been installed, while steel detailing and roof joist installation continues.
  • Waterproofing was completed around the elevator pit and most of the west garage walls, in between periods of rain. 
  • The North walls of the garage have started to be poured and steel has now been set for garage columns.
  • The school is on schedule for completion during the summer of 2019.
 

Hyer Elementary Rebuild:

  • Architects continue to develop plans for the project.
  • Plans are scheduled to be submitted to the City in December to start the staff review for zoning approval.
  • Construction is scheduled to start during the summer of 2019.
 

Renovations and Additions at MIS/HPMS:

  • The contractor continues to work on the garage fire suppression system so construction workers can occupy it during the construction of the additions. The garage is scheduled to be available for parking for workers by the end of November.
  • The southside addition steel erection is almost complete. The second-floor slab scheduled to pour in mid-November.
  • The crane was moved to the north addition side and the north addition steel erection has begun. 
  • The remaining renovation work is scheduled to start at spring break when the students can be moved into the completed additions.
 

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:

  • The second-floor slab was poured during the first week of November.
  • The third-floor slab is scheduled to be poured.
  • The concrete wall construction is ongoing, and the structure is on schedule for completion during late spring.
 

Multi-Use Building:

  • The old Seay Tennis Center is completely demolished.
  • Excavation is at 50 percent and should be complete by end of November. 
  • The construction permit has been approved by the City.
 

Natatorium Infill and Interior High School Renovations:

  • The design is complete and construction drawings are in production.
  • Interior renovations are scheduled to start during the summer of 2019.
  • Construction of the natatorium infill is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building (with the new pool) is completed. A proposed start date is currently Feb. 2020.
 

Highlander Stadium Renovations:

  • Planning for a schematic design is scheduled to start in May 2019.
  • Construction is scheduled to start Feb 2020. 

 

Facilities Update October 2018

 

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary Rebuild:

The playfield is installed, and the remaining landscaping and outdoor learning gardens will be completed by the first few weeks of October.

Armstrong Elementary Addition and Renovation:

The major auditorium remodel is on schedule to be completed mid-October. Some of the landscaping is still being installed and will be fenced off until completion. 

Bradfield Elementary Rebuild:
 
 

The time-lapse camera has been installed and can be viewed here. Excavation of the parking garage is complete, piers are 100% poured and support walls are being installed. The education wing slab is poured and steel erection is scheduled to start in early October. The school is on schedule for completion summer of 2019. 

Hyer Elementary Rebuild:
 
 
Plans for the new Hyer Elementary School are beginning to take shape. The drawings above were presented to the Hyer Legacy Committee, Hyer PTA Executive Committee, Dads Club leadership, staff, neighbors and the HPISD Board of Trustees in October. To view the presentation, please click here. The construction is scheduled to start the summer of 2019.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS:
 
The underground parking garage is complete, and a concrete ramp to the garage has been installed. The garage will not be occupiable except by construction workers until the classroom additions are complete, as the fire alarm systems for the entire construction must be operational to ensure safety. The partial field is now in use and construction fencing has been installed for safety. The South and North addition slabs are complete. The remaining renovation work is scheduled to start at spring break when the students can be moved into the completed additions.
 

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:

Structural steel erection is ongoing, as well as the construction of the concrete wall. The structure is on schedule for completion in late spring.

Seay Tennis Center:

The building is now occupied.

Multi-Use Building:

The old Seay is almost completely demolished. The demolition should be 100% complete before the end of October.

Natatorium Infill and Interior High School Renovations:

The design is complete and construction drawings are in production. Construction not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed (Proposed start Feb. 2020).

Facilities Update September 2018

 

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary Rebuild:

All exterior stone and brick installation have been completed. The playfield and some additional landscaping is still being installed. A construction fence will be maintained around the areas still being worked on to ensure safety.
 
Armstrong Elementary Addition and Renovation:

Renovations to Armstrong are essentially complete, except for the major auditorium remodel which is scheduled to be completed in mid-October. New landscaping around the building is being installed and will be fenced off until completion in the next few weeks.
 
Bradfield Elementary Rebuild:

Excavation of the parking garage is complete, and piers are 50 percent poured. All piers have been installed in the education wing, grade beams have been installed, and the slab is scheduled to be poured this week. Construction is ahead of schedule, and the campus is on track to be completed in the summer of 2019.
 
Hyer Elementary:

Balto now stands tall in the entryway of Elementary #5 to welcome Hyer students and staff into their temporary home. The Design and Construction Committee, after multiple deliberations, directed the architects to proceed with conceptual plans for a two-story school. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2019.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS:

The large underground parking garage is complete, however, the parking garage will not be occupiable until the classroom additions are complete, as the fire alarm systems for the entire construction site must be operational to ensure safety.
 
The partial field is anticipated to be available during the last week of September, weather permitting. Construction fencing has been installed for safety.
 
Both the south and north addition slabs are complete. Steel is scheduled to begin installation this week. Partial renovation work on the girls' athletics locker rooms and interior hallways was completed in time for the first day of school. The remaining renovation work is scheduled to start during the week of spring break when the students can be moved into the completed additions.
 
Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:

The piers on site are now 100 percent installed and the columns have been poured. Structural steel placement is ongoing as the Northwest Addition begins to take shape.
 
Seay Tennis Center:

With three large tennis courts and high ceilings, this state-of-the-art facility is complete and ready for the first home court match this week.
 
Multi-Use Building:

Construction for the Multi-Use Building is right around the corner, with an anticipated start date this month. HPISD will soon obtain the permit for demolition of the former Seay Center, and construction at the site will begin.
 
Natatorium Infill and Interior High School Renovations:
The design is now complete and construction drawings are in production. Construction, however, is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed (proposed start February 2020).

 

Facilities Update August 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary School: 

  • On Thursday, Aug. 23 the Panthers were welcomed into their new home for the first day of school. The contractor is still working on some minor items that will not disrupt learning or be noticed by the students and staff inside the building.
  • The playfield and some additional landscaping are being installed. The playfield will likely not be available for play until the end of September. However, the playground and large outdoor surfaces are available. A construction fence will be maintained around the areas still being worked on to ensure safety.
 
 Armstrong Elementary School Addition and Renovation:

  • Armstrong’s three new flexible learning spaces are ready for students, and interior renovations throughout the school’s halls and classrooms have been completed. A full renovation in the main office and clinic has also been completed in time for the first day of school. Similar to UP, the contractor is still working on some minor items that will not disrupt learning or be noticed by the students and staff inside the building.
  • New landscaping around the building is being installed and will be fenced off until completion in the next few weeks.
 

Bradfield Elementary School:

  • Bradfield has completed the move to its temporary location at the former Hyer Elementary site as their new home is being built for the 2019-20 school year.
  • At the construction site for Bradfield, the contractor has salvaged and safely stored all of the items identified by the Legacy Committee.
  • Excavation of the underground parking garage is almost complete, the education wing has been graded, and all piers have been installed. Ahead of schedule, Bradfield Elementary is on track for a completion date in the summer of 2019.
 

Hyer Elementary School:

  • Balto now stands tall in the entryway of Elementary #5 to welcome Hyer students and staff into their temporary home. The architects are currently in the process of developing conceptual plans for a two-story Hyer Elementary.
  • Construction for Hyer Elementary is scheduled to start during the summer of 2019.
 

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS:

  • The large underground parking garage is complete, however, the parking garage will not be occupiable until the classroom additions are complete, as the fire alarm systems for the entire construction site must be operational to ensure safety.
  • The partial field will not be available for the first few weeks of school due to soil movement requiring some sod removal and reinstallation. During this time, fencing around the partial field has been installed for safety.
  • The South addition slab is complete and the North addition has added piers and grade beams.
  • Partial renovation work on the girl’s athletics locker rooms and interior hallways has been completed in time for the first day of school. The remaining renovation work is scheduled to start during the week of spring break when the students can be moved into the completed additions.
 

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:

  • The piers on site are now 100 percent installed and the columns have been poured. Structural steel placement is ongoing as the Northwest Addition begins to take shape.
 

Seay Tennis Center new building:

  • With three large tennis courts and high ceilings, this state-of-the-art facility is complete and ready for the first home court match.
 

Multi-Use Building:

  • Construction for the Multi-Use Building is right around the corner, with an anticipated start date in early September. HPISD will soon obtain the permit for demolition, and construction at the site will begin.
 

Natatorium Infill and Interior High School Renovations:

  • The design is now complete and construction drawings are in production.
  • Construction, however, is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed (proposed start February 2020).
 

Facilities Update June 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary School Rebuild:  

 

  • The building roof is 95% complete for the entire building and terra cotta tile installation has begun.
  • The brick is 90% installed, however, the cast stone entries require additional engineering of the design prior to the final installation. 
  • The drywall 99% complete.
  • The HVAC system is 95% complete and ready to fire up once permanent power has been installed.
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in are 100% complete in the classroom and administrative wing, and 80% complete in the cafeteria wing.
  • Brickwork is ongoing around the building.
  • Ceramic tile installation is 50% installed in the kitchen.
  • The replacement of existing city sidewalks is at 60%. 
  • We continue to be on schedule for opening in August 2018.
 

Click HERE to see a live camera view of construction work at University Park Elementary School. 

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: 
 
 
  • Construction of the addition is ongoing and the renovation work has started.
  • The exterior brick wall installation has started.
  • The structural concrete masonry units are complete.
  • The AC duct and fire sprinkler installation is 90% completed in the addition. Electrical and plumbing are 70% complete.
  • Wall framing in the addition is ongoing.
  • The interior demolition is ongoing, and all carpet has been removed.
  • Asbestos abatement in the auditorium is completed.
  • The project is scheduled for completion for the start of next school year.
 
Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild:  
 
 
  • The Town Council approved the zoning and additional aesthetic enhancements on May 29.
  • The contractor is working on a final logistics plan with the Town.
  • Asbestos abatement has started and should be complete this week.
  • Demolition is scheduled to start later this month.
 
Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: 
 
Hyer Elementary  
 
  • The movers have relocated all files and classroom materials to Elementary #5, and the building is currently being prepped to receive Bradfield administration and classroom material.
  • The Design and Construction Committee is still reviewing massing options. No decisions have been made regarding the number of floors for the building, the height, or the look of the school at this time.
  • Construction is scheduled to start summer 2019.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: 
 
  • The garage slab is now 100% installed.
  • Four garage elevated deck pours have been completed. All deck concrete is scheduled to be completed during the last week of June (subject to weather).
  • The waterproofing of the deck and backfilling is underway. The partial field is still on schedule to be available for the start of school.
  • Grade beams for the south addition are ongoing and scheduled for completion at the end of June. Underground mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in is ongoing.
  • The South addition slab is 60% poured.
  • The North addition site grading is ongoing.
  • Interior renovation work has started.
 
Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:
 
 
  • The Earth retention system has been completed.
  • Piers are 100% installed.
  • The footer and grade beams are 70% installed.
  • All subsoil drainage to be completed this week.
  • The slab is scheduled for pouring at the end of June.
  • The Structural steel erection is scheduled to begin the first week of July.
 
Seay Tennis Center:
 
 
  • The interior walls are now completed and sheet rocked. The taping and bedding of walls is ongoing.
  • Roofing is 100% complete.
  • The building has permanent power.
  • Exterior brick installation is complete.
  • The storefront is installed and exterior sidewalks have been poured. 
  • Mechanical, plumbing and electrical is 85% complete.
  • Interior painting is ongoing and the ceiling grid installation is underway.
  • Data cabling and security system installation is ongoing.
  • The building completion is scheduled for the end of July.
 
Multi-Use Building: 
 
Natatorium Infill
 
  • The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center.
  • The proposed GMP was reviewed by the Design and Construction Committee and the value engineering options were discussed. The recommended GMP was approved at the June HPISD Board of Trustees meeting. 
 
Natatorium Infill: 
 
  • The project design continues to be finalized.
  • The construction is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed.
 
 

Facilities Update May 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: 

  • The building roof is 100% dried in for the entire building. Air Conditioning units are 100% complete on the building.
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in is 100% complete in the classroom and administrative wing, and 80% complete in the cafeteria wing.
  • Brickwork is ongoing around the building.
  • Ceramic tile installation is complete in the classroom wing.
  • Millwork installation is ongoing throughout the building.
  • The kitchen plumbing rough-in is complete.
  • We continue to be on schedule for opening in August 2018. 
 
Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: 
 
 
  • Construction of the addition is ongoing. The renovation work will start this summer.
  • Structural concrete masonry units are complete.
  • The second-floor slab is poured.
  • Mechanical and electrical overhead rough-in has begun.
  • Final planning coordination for summer renovation work is complete, and materials have been ordered.
  • The project is scheduled for completion for the start of next school year.
 
Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: 
 
 
  • In response to the HP Town Council adding language to our approved zoning ordinance calling for an architectural peer review of the project by Houston firm Curtis & Windham Architects, the district's architect, Stantec, has been working collaboratively with Curtis & Windham to produce a final report and plans that reflect the intent of the peer discussions. It was understood by the Town Council that such efforts by the District would not have a material impact on the District's construction budget or construction schedule.
  • The Town Council reviewed a report on May 10 prepared by its staff regarding preliminary peer review discussion points (that presentation is now available on the Town’s website.)
  • The District’s General Contractor for this project, Balfour Beatty, is in the process of developing cost estimates for the suggested modifications.
  • The District’s Design and Construction Committee will review and recommend approval of the final changes prior to submittal to the Town Council.
  • The Town Council will receive the final report as recommended by the D and C Committee at their May 22 Council study session, with action scheduled for May 29.
  • Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2018. The new school will feature larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces and state-of-the-art appropriately-sized core spaces, including the library, cafeteria and gymnasium. Among other things, the redesigned school will:
    • increase the amount of contiguous active play area;
    • retain more than 60 of the 81 existing mature trees currently at Bradfield;
    • retain some of the historic elements of the existing building façade, including the existing entry stone; and
    • incorporate Spanish Colonial elements within the school's architecture to complement the neighborhood.

Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: 
 
Hyer Elementary
 
  • The District hosted a second neighborhood meeting on May 7, where the District’s architect presented various massing options for the site. The District recorded the presentation, which can be found here.
  • Responses received from the neighborhood meeting were shared with the Design and Construction Committee at their May 9 meeting and with the Board of Trustees. No decisions have been made regarding the number of floors for the building, the height, or the look of the school at this time.
  • The Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus.
  • Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2019.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: 
 
 
  • Parking garage walls are 95% poured.
  • The garage slab 75% installed, scheduled for 100% end of May.
  • The garage elevated deck first pour is scheduled for this month.
  • Grade beams for the south addition are ongoing and scheduled for completion at the end of May. Underground mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in will soon be complete.
  • The South addition slab pour has been delayed to accommodate student testing.
  • The tennis courts relocation, including new basketball goals, is now complete and is currently being used by students.
  • The North addition site prep is now ongoing.
 
Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School
 
 
 
  • The Earth retention system has been completed.
  • Piers are 100% installed.
  • Footer and grade beams are 50% installed.
  • Structural steel erection scheduled to begin late May.
  • Construction delayed for two weeks to accommodate testing schedules.
 
Seay Tennis Center: 
 

 
  • Interior walls are complete and sheet rocked. Taping and bedding of walls is ongoing.
  • Roofing is now 100% complete.
  • The building has permanent power.
  • Exterior brick installation is nearing completion and should be 100% complete by May 25.
  • The mechanical, plumbing and electrical work is 85% complete.
  • Data cabling and security system is ongoing.
  • The building's completion is scheduled for the end of July.
 
Multi-Use Building:
 
Natatorium Infill
 
  • The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center.
  • Bids have been received and are under evaluation. Contractor (Lee Lewis) is evaluating potential cost savings through alternate construction logistics plan.
  • The GMP will be scheduled for the June Board meeting.
 
Natatorium Infill:
 
  • The project design continues to be finalized.
  • The construction is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed.
 
 

Facilities Update April 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: 

  • The HPISD Board of Trustees, UP Legacy Committee and UP PTA Executive Board participated in a topping out ceremony and brief tour at the school April 13. More photos from the day can be found here.
  • The building roof is 85 percent dried in for the entire building. Air Conditioning units have been installed on the roof of the classroom wing and are 80 percent complete throughout the rest of the building.
  • All mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in is 100 percent complete in the classroom wing and 80 percent complete in the administration wing.
  • Brickwork is 50 percent completed on the classroom wing and will continue into the gym this week.
  • The painting will begin in the classroom wing this week.
  • University Park Elementary is still on track for opening in August 2018.
 
Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: 
  • Construction of the addition is ongoing and complete renovation work will start this summer.
  • The slab has been installed, columns are poured and the structural concrete masonry units are currently being installed for the storm shelter.
  • The structural steel is on site and will begin erection next week.
  • The steel columns for the new rooftop air conditioning units are 95 percent installed.
 
Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: 
  • The HPISD Board of Trustees approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price Contract amendment for the construction of the new school during its April 17 meeting. 
  • The HP Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance April 9 that will allow HPISD to re-build Bradfield Elementary. The Council, however, called for an architectural peer review of the project by Houston firm Curtis & Windham. It was understood by the Town Council that such efforts by the district would not have a material impact on the district's construction budget or construction period.
  • Construction is scheduled to start summer 2018. The new school will feature larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces and state-of-the-art appropriately-sized core spaces, including the library, cafeteria and gymnasium.
  • Among other things, the redesigned school will: increase the amount of contiguous active play area; retain 65 of the 81 existing mature trees currently at Bradfield; retain some of the historic elements of the existing building façade, including the existing entry stone; and incorporate Spanish Colonial elements within the school's architecture to complement the neighborhood.    
 
Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: 
Hyer Elementary
  • The Hyer Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus.
  • Massing and site studies are continuing. No decisions have been made regarding the number of floors for the building, the height or the look.
  • Similar to the process used for the rebuilding of University Park and Bradfield Elementary Schools, there will be opportunities for members of the public to review and provide input on plans for the new Hyer Elementary.
  • Construction on Hyer Elementary is scheduled to start summer 2019.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: 
  • The parking garage columns are complete and garage walls are 85 percent poured.
  • The elevator pit has been installed in the garage and installation of the garage slab has begun. Garage decking is scheduled to start during the first week of May.
  • All piers have been poured for the south addition and grade beams are 35 percent complete. Underground mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in will be completed towards the end of April.
  • The tennis courts relocation is complete, but work scope was expanded to include installation of basketball goals. All work is scheduled to be complete at the end of April.
  • Construction on the north addition is scheduled to start Tuesday, May 1.
 
Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School:
  • The earth retention system has been completed and piers are 100 percent installed.
  • Footer and grade beam excavation is 20 percent complete.
  • Construction of basement walls are scheduled to start at the end of April.
  • Structural steel erection is scheduled to begin mid-May.
 
Seay Tennis Center: 
  • The metal stud framing of the building is completed.
  • The roofing of the building is 95 percent complete.
  • All mechanical, plumbing and electrical rough-in is complete in the administration area and 60 percent complete throughout the building.
  • Due to continued weather delays and a delay in shipment of tennis court lighting, building completion is now scheduled for the end of July.
 
Multi-Use Building:
Natatorium Infill
  • The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Tennis Center.
  • Approval of the GMP is scheduled for the May HPISD Board of Trustees meeting.
 
Natatorium Infill:
  • The project design continues to be finalized.
  • The construction is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed.
 
 

Facilities Update March 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. 

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: On the classroom wing, which is on the eastern edge of the property, the roof is dried in, mechanical, engineering and plumbing are almost complete, and window installation and exterior masonry have started. The center of the building, which includes admin, the library and the arts wing, roofing is underway and work has begun on mechanical, engineering and plumbing. On the gym, masonry units have been installed and decking has started. Kitchen plumbing is also underway. Garage parking has been striped and we are still on track for opening in August 2018.
 
 

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: Construction of the addition has started. The renovation work will start this summer.
Piers are complete and grade beams are installed to support slab of the new addition. The slab is scheduled to be poured next week (weather permitting). New columns for support of new HVAC units are 60 percent installed. The administrative area was relocated during spring break.

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: The Bradfield Elementary rebuild project is continuing to make progress. As many of you know, the district presented plans about this project to the community this past fall, including meetings with neighbors, the Bradfield Legacy committee, the Bradfield PTA and Dad's Club, a presentation to the board during our regular meeting, and provided information about it via E-Newsletters, a quarterly mailout to all HPISD residents (both with and without students) and the district's website. The project has been bid and the general contractor is evaluating and vetting bids to be ready for the April Board meeting. The Town of HP Planning Commission has recommended approval of the design. We are scheduled for a Town Council hearing April 9. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2018.

Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: The Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus. Massing and site studies are ongoing. A full five months have been set aside for schematic design that, according to the district's construction projects calendar established and posted online several months in advance, began March 1. This gives the district until July to complete this process to remain on schedule. No decisions have been made regarding the number of floors for the building, the height, or the look. Similar to the process used for the rebuilding of University Park and Bradfield Elementary Schools, there will be opportunities for members of the public to review and provide input on plans for the new Hyer Elementary. We hope to have meetings this spring with neighbors, the Hyer Legacy Committee, Hyer PTA and Dad's Club once we have something from architects to review. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2019.

Hyer Elementary

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: The parking garage columns are complete and garage walls are 40 percent poured. Walls should be complete in one month. The elevator pit has been installed in the garage and installation of the garage slab will begin by the end of March. Garage decking is scheduled to start during the first week of April. All piers have been poured for the south addition. Grade beams are ongoing. The contractor continues working on tennis courts relocation. Scheduled to be completed March 26, whereas the North addition is also scheduled to start on March 26.

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: Site work demo is complete and excavation should be completed this week. The earth retention system has been completed. Piers will be installed this week.

Parking lots and playfield near High School: All parking is completed and available for students. Landscaping is also complete and new fencing has been installed.

Seay Tennis Center new building: The metal stud framing has been completed in the Admin area and is ongoing in the rest of the building. Roofing will start this week and is on schedule for completion at the end of May. 

Multi-Use Building: The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center. Project bid was March 15.

Natatorium Infill: Designs continue to be finalized. Construction is not scheduled to start until the Multi-Use Building is completed.

Natatorium Infill

 

February 14, 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.

University Park Elementary School: The school remains on track to open in August 2018. All piers are now in place, foundation walls have been constructed and the third floor has been poured in the education wing of the building. The garage concrete is now complete and mechanical as well as electrical work is ongoing. Steel beams, joists and decking continue to be installed. All storm and sewer drainage work have been completed.

Click HERE to see a live camera view of construction work at University Park Elementary School. 

Armstrong Elementary School: Construction of the addition has begun and the renovation work is scheduled to begin this summer. Temporary parking for the disabled has been installed. Construction safety zones have also been installed and a temporary entrance is in place.

Armstrong rendering

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: The design drawings have been finalized and recommended for approval by the Town Planning Commission.The final city zoning approval is anticipated at the end of March. Construction is scheduled to start summer 2018.

Bradfield Rendering

Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: Architects are still in the initial planning stages for Hyer, with no decisions made at this time regarding the size, height, look or a number of stories for the building. Similar to the process used for UP and Bradfield, there will be meetings with school groups and neighbors prior to plans being finalized. Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2019. The Hyer Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus.

Hyer Elementary

Renovations/Additions at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School: Excavation work has been completed on the parking garage and drilling of the parking garage piers has also wrapped up. Underground utility construction is ongoing and is nearly complete. So far, 28 columns have been installed in the garage and 150 feet of the wall has been poured. Sixteen piers have currently been poured for the south addition, and a new fire lane has been installed at the campus. The contractor continues work on the relocation of the tennis courts, which is scheduled to be completed in March for the return from spring break.

MIS and HPMS Renderings

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: The excavation began in December and is ongoing, but site work demolition is now complete. All utilities have been rerouted and piers are scheduled to start the last week of February.

 Mutli-Use Building

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Parking for students is now available and full landscaping, as well as ornamental fencing around the playfield, is complete. The grass is currently dormant and is anticipated to take root mid-spring. A public opening can soon be expected after the grass has taken root. 

Seay Tennis Center: The Seay Tennis Center is back on track with a completion date scheduled for the end of May after experiencing a considerable amount of rainfall in late December. The structural framing is now complete and construction progress is in full swing as crews have poured the flooring of the new complex. Wall installation is scheduled to start in February.

Seay Tennis Center

Multi-Use Building (in place of the current Seay Center): Construction will begin following the completion of the new Seay Center.

Natatorium Infill: Construction will begin following completion of the Multi-Use Building. 

Natatorium Infill

 

January 16, 2018

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: All piers are complete. Foundation walls are constructed and grade beams are being poured in the education wing of the building. 100% of the slab has been poured into the education wing and the parking garage slab is 100% poured. Steel beams, joists and decking continue to be installed. The storm and sewer drainage work are complete. The school remains on track to open in August 2018.

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: Construction of the addition has started. The renovation work will start this summer. Temporary handicapped parking has been installed. Construction safety zones have been erected, and temporary entrance has been implemented. Site demolition is complete. Piers will start drilling this week.

Armstrong rendering

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: The design drawings have been finalized. Bradfield is scheduled to be reviewed by the Town Planning Commission Wednesday, January 31. Final city zoning approval is anticipated in February or March. Construction starts summer 2018.

Bradfield Rendering

Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: The Hyer Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus. A neighborhood meeting was scheduled earlier last month to gather initial input on concept design. Design work is scheduled to start March 2018. Construction starts summer 2019.

Hyer Elementary

Renovations/Additions at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School: Excavation work is completed on the parking garage. Drilling of parking garage piers has started. Underground utility construction is ongoing and nearly complete. The contractor continues working on tennis courts relocation. Scheduled to be completed in March.

MIS and HPMS Renderings

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: Site work demo is complete. Excavation continues. Utilities (irrigation and storm sewer) have been rerouted. The earth retention system has started.

Mutli-Use Building

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Parking is now available and landscaping is 100% complete. Installation of ornamental iron fencing will be completed in mid-January. 

Seay Tennis Center new building: Post tension slab work has been delayed because of the weather. The contractor has resequenced some of the work to make up some lost time. Structural steel framing is complete. Scheduled now for completion at the end of May.

Seay Tennis Center

Multi-Use Building (in place of the current Seay Center): Construction will begin following the completion of the new Seay Center.

Natatorium Infill: Construction will begin following completion of the Multi-Use Building. 

Natatorium Infill

December 22, 2017

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: All piers are complete. Foundation walls are constructed and grade beams are being poured in the education wing of the building. 65% of the slab has been poured into the education wing and the parking garage slab is 100% poured. Steel beams continue to be installed. The storm and sewer drainage work are complete. The school remains on track to open in August 2018.

UP Rebuild

Up Rebuild

Up Rebuild

Up Rebuild

Up Rebuild

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: The Design and Construction Committee discussed bid alternates and reached the consensus that all proposed alternates were appropriate based on need and financial considerations, and should be included in the GMP. The Board has now approved the GMP for construction. Construction of the addition is scheduled to start this month. The renovation work will start summer 2018.

Armstrong rendering

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: The design is continuing to be finalized. The Bradfield Legacy Committee has met to start discussing how to salvage and re-use items from the existing Bradfield campus. The Bradfield Town Council has referred Bradfield zoning to the Planning Commission. This is the first step in the zoning approval process. It is anticipated that the Town Council of Highland Park will consider a zoning amendment in February or March. Construction starts summer 2018.

Bradfield Rendering

Hyer Elementary School Rebuild: The Hyer Legacy Committee continues to meet regarding salvage and re-use of items at the existing campus. A neighborhood meeting was scheduled earlier this month to gather initial input on concept design. Design work is scheduled to start March 2018. Construction starts summer 2019.

Hyer Elementary

Renovations/Additions at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School: Excavation work will be completed on the parking garage this month. The drilling of parking garage piers will start mid-December. Underground utility construction is underway. Work continues on relocating the tennis courts which is scheduled to be completed the first week of March.

MIS and HPMS Renderings

MIS and HPMS Construction

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: Construction is expected to begin in mid-December.

Mutli-Use Building

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Parking is now available. Fencing and landscaping are scheduled to be 100% complete at the end of December.

Parking lots

Seay Tennis Center new building: Post tension slab work has started and is scheduled for completion in December. Structural steel framing is ongoing and nearly complete. A new fire lane has been constructed. Construction is on schedule for completion at the end of April.

Seay Tennis Center

Seay Tennis Center

Multi-Use Building (in place of the current Seay Center): Construction will begin following the completion of the new Seay Center.

Natatorium Infill: Construction will begin following completion of the Multi-Use Building.

Natatorium Infill

 

November 28, 2017

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: All piers are complete. Foundation walls are under construction, steel columns are being installed and grade beams have been poured in the education wing of the building. About half of the slab has been poured into the education wing and the parking garage. 70% of the basement walls have been poured, and most concrete columns are poured. The school remains on track to open in August 2018.

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: Construction is scheduled to start in December.

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuild: The design is continuing to be finalized. The Bradfield Legacy Committee has met to start discussing how to salvage and re-use items from the existing Bradfield campus. It is anticipated that the Town Council of Highland Park will consider a zoning amendment in February or March. 

Renovations/Additions at McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School: Excavation work has started on the parking garage. Work continues on relocating the tennis courts.

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: Construction is expected to begin in December.

Mutli-Use Building

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Construction is underway and concrete has been poured on the first lot. Head-in parking spaces have been removed on Lovers Lane. 

Seay Tennis Center new building: Storm sewer is installed, and foundation piers and grade beams are complete. A new fire lane has been constructed. Structural steel is beginning to be placed.

Multi-Use Building (in place of the current Seay Center): Construction will begin following the completion of the new Seay Center.

Natatorium Infill: Construction will begin following completion of the Multi-Use Building.

 

 

October 27, 2017

New Elementary School: Hundreds of Park Cities residents toured the new school during an open house held Oct. 21. 

  


University Park Elementary School Rebuild: All piers are complete and foundation walls remain under construction. Storm and sewer drainage work is ongoing. The school remains on track to be opened in August 2018.

Below are two recent aerial photos taken of the construction site:

 

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: Construction is scheduled to start in December 2017.

Bradfield Elementary School: Design drawings continue to be finalized. The school's Legacy Committee has met to start discussing salvage and re-use of items at the existing Bradfield campus. Plans will be presented to the Town of Highland Park for approval beginning in November.

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: Construction on the tennis courts is underway, while work on the new parking lot underneath the current playfield is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: The project is on schedule to start construction in the next few weeks. The Guaranteed Maximum Price is $6 million below the original budget, resulting in savings that will be reallocated to Bond Program Contingency.

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Construction has restarted on the three parking lots with the goal of completion on two of them by mid- to late November.

Seay Tennis Center new building: Vertical structural steel installation is expected to begin shortly.

Multi-Use Building: The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center. Architects are continuing to finalize plans.

Hyer Elementary School: The Legacy Committee continues to identify items to be salvaged and either moved over to the new elementary school next year or into storage to be used once the new Hyer is built. The project schedule does not start until summer of 2018.

Highlander Renovations: The bulk of renovation work is not scheduled to start until January 2018.

 

September 15, 2017

New Elementary School: Highland Park ISD’s first new elementary school since 1948 opened on time for the students of University Park Elementary School on August 28. The school features classroom pods for each grade level, flexible learning spaces, larger classrooms, an outdoor learning garden and appropriately sized core spaces, such as the library, cafeteria and gymnasium. Minor items to close out the construction project are ongoing.

Below are a couple of recent photos taken at the school.

University Park Elementary School Rebuild: Piers have been poured for the new school and foundation walls will begin forming for the parking garage next week. Construction is on track for the building to open on time in August 2018. 

Below are a couple of recent photos taken at the site.

 

Armstrong Elementary School Renovation: Construction on the addition and renovation is scheduled to start in December 2017.

Bradfield ES: The design for the new school continues to be developed. Meetings have been held with neighbors and several parent groups to receive feedback on the initial plan. A Legacy committee has been formed to start taking inventory of items around the school to be retained at the new Bradfield.

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: Work has begun on the tennis courts and will begin on the additions as soon as construction permits are approved.

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: This project is on schedule to begin construction in November, pending completion of parking lots construction.

Parking lots and playfield near High School: Construction has begun on this project and is expected to be completed in November.

Seay Tennis Center new building: Construction is underway and foundation piers are nearly complete. The foundation will be poured in the next couple weeks. 

Multi-Use Building: This project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center. Plans for the interior of the building continue to take shape.

Hyer ES: The project schedule does not start until summer of 2018. A Legacy committee has been formed to start taking inventory of items around the school to be retained at the new Hyer.

Highlander Renovations: Work to improve access for individuals in wheelchairs in the stadium student seating area was completed over the summer. The bulk of renovation work is not scheduled to start until January 2018.

 

August 15, 2017

New Elementary School #5: The General Contractor has completed the interior of the school, and the school will open for the beginning of the school year. The City of Dallas has installed traffic signage for the new school. Exterior landscaping is ongoing. We have had unusually significant July and August rainfall which has presented challenges. Minor punch list repair items will be ongoing.

Here are a couple of recent photos taken inside the new elementary school:

UP ES Rebuild: Demolition of the building is complete, and excavation work has begun. The City of University Park is in the final review of the construction permit. The schedule is currently on track for an August 2018 opening.

Armstrong ES Renovation: Highland Park Town Council approved the zoning amendment June 26th. The project is now scheduled to start late December 2017. The overall completion schedule (which includes the renovation work) will not be affected, and the new start date is expected to result in better pricing.

Bradfield ES: Initial Schematic Design continues development. Community meetings will be scheduled in early September to receive further input from stakeholders (Legacy, PTA and neighborhood).

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: UP City Council and Town of HP City Council have approved zoning. The City has approved the permit for tennis court work. General Contractor is ready to mobilize this week.

Northwest Addition at Highland Park High School: Project is on schedule to start construction end of October (pending completion of parking lot construction). City of UP Planning and Zoning Committee recommended approval in June, and the City Council approved zoning July 18th for the Northwest addition.

Parking lots and playfield near High School: City of UP Council approved zoning for new parking lots and temporary play-field. Building permit issued, and work started. New scope requirement as a result of UP Utilities review will require new bids for additional electrical and drainage scope. Parking lot schedule has been affected by this new scope, and Contractor Lee Lewis has reworked staging so original affected Northwest area parking lot will remain open (to students) until new parking lots are constructed.

Seay Tennis Center new building: The building permit is approved, and construction work has begun. Oncor has relocated utility pole.

Multi-Use Building: The project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center. Architects have continued to finalize plans.

Hyer ES: Project schedule does not start until summer of 2018.

Highlander Renovations: Minor ADA work at the stadium student seating area should be complete this week (only installation of handrails remains for completion). Bulk of renovation work is not scheduled to start until January 2018.

 

June 13, 2017

New Elementary School

The General Contractor for the new school, Balfour Beatty, continues to make progress, and the school is on schedule to open for the beginning of the school year. Oncor set the power poles for permanent power, and the building should be energized by the end of the week. Interior wall partitions are almost completed in all areas. Walls are textured and painted on all floors of Area A, and the tile wainscot is installed in the corridors. Ceiling grid and lights installation are almost complete. Bathroom tile is ongoing in the building. Casework in classrooms is ongoing. Kitchen equipment continues installation and kitchen flooring is currently being installed. Stonework and brickwork continue. Exterior storefront doors are nearing completion. The permanent roof has been completed. Sidewalk installation on Durham is nearly complete. Queue lane construction has started

Here are a couple of recent photos that we’ve taken of the site. The public can monitor progress online with the camera that has been placed at the location. Still photos and time-lapse photography of the project are available. 

UP ES Rebuild: Balfour Beatty is currently scheduled to begin demolition the week of June 19th. Asbestos abatement is ongoing. Construction barricades have been installed around the school. Neighborhood meeting conducted June 7th. Neighbor comments incorporated in the development of final construction staging plan. The contractor will enter construction truck traffic from Lovers, and exit site from Thackery or Lovers.  

Armstrong ES Renovation: The project schedule has been revised (with input from Construction Manager Balfour Beatty) and construction is now scheduled to start late December 2017. The overall completion schedule (which includes the renovation work) will not be affected, and the new start date should result in better pricing. Work session with Highland Park Town Council is scheduled for June 20th.

Bradfield ES: Schematic Design started immediately following the April 4th community meeting. 

Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS: UP City Council and Town of HP City Council have approved zoning. Board approved GMP for this work June 6th. General Contractor ready to mobilize pending permit from City.

Renovations/Additions at Highland Park High School: The project is on schedule to issue documents for bidding and construction in June 2017. City of UP Planning and Zoning Committee is reviewing the Northwest addition. City of UP Council approved zoning for new parking lots and temporary play-field. Contractor ready to mobilize pending City of UP permit approval.

Seay Tennis Center new building: Construction mobilization is anticipated to begin as soon as the permit is approved.

Multi-Use Building: Project is scheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center. Architects continue to finalize plans. 

Hyer ES: Project schedule does not start until summer of 2018.

Highlander Renovations: At called Board meeting June 6th, the Board approved a Change Order for Seay Tennis Center to accommodate pricing and schedule for ADA work in the stadium student seating area. The bulk of work is not scheduled to start until January 2018.

May 19, 2017

New Elementary School
The school is still on schedule to open at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Most of the mechanical and plumbing work is complete and air conditioning will be functional in the next two weeks. Interior walls are being installed, textured and painted. Kitchen equipment is being installed and the permanent roof has been completed. Stonework and brickwork continues with many areas complete. A street resurfacing project has been completed and work on a sidewalk on Durham from the school south to Caruth has begun.
 
Monitor progress online and watch a time-lapse video by visiting: https://app.oxblue.com/open/highlandpark

University Park Elementary School Rebuild
Friday, May 19 is the last day of school for University Park Elementary School in its current building. Wednesday's send-off celebration for the school was attended by many former students and teachers. Teachers will pack up and move their items out on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
 
An online auction for items from the school brought in more than $66,000 to the district. Those who bid the highest on particular items will be able to pick them up next week. Following the removal of asbestos, the school will be torn down starting in mid-June to make way for the new one, which will feature more classroom space, more play space for students, flexible learning spaces, underground parking and a more attractive entry off of Amherst to the north.
 
Armstrong Elementary Renovation
With input from Construction Manager Balfour Beatty, the project schedule has been revised so that construction will begin in late December 2017. The overall completion schedule (which includes the renovation work) will not be affected, and the new start date is expected to result in better pricing on the project.
 
Bradfield Elementary
A legacy committee has begun work on identifying certain items from the school that will be important to maintain its rich tradition. Architects have started work on preliminary designs following meetings with neighbors, the Bradfield legacy committee and the district's Design and Construction committee.
 
Renovations and Additions at MIS/HPMS
This project is on schedule to issue for bidding this month, following approval by the City Council earlier this week. The Highland Park Town Council will not hear this case until June.
 
Renovations and Additions at Highland Park High School
The project is on schedule to issue documents for bidding and construction in June 2017. The conceptual master plan of the HPHS site has been submitted to the city of UP. Zoning for new parking lots and a temporary playfield near the district's administration have been approved by the UP City Council.
 
Seay Tennis Center new building
Once a final building permit is approved, work should begin on the site. Construction mobilization is anticipated to begin as soon as the permit is approved. 

Once construction begins, there will be no access to the HPHS Parking Garage and HPISD Outdoor Tennis Center via Glenwick Lane. While construction continues for the foreseeable future, access to the HPHS Parking Garage will only be available via Westchester Drive.
Renderings of the Multi-Use Building
Multi-Use Building
The district's Design and Construction Committee reviewed plans for the multi-use building this week. A few of the renderings are below. In addition, the architect continues to work on relocating the proposed Training Room into the existing Baseball Locker Room Building. The project has been rescheduled to stay in sequence with the construction completion date for the new Seay Center.

Hyer Elementary
Although the project schedule does not start until summer of 2018, a legacy committee will be formed during the next few months to begin taking an inventory of items to be kept while Hyer is under construction.

Highlander Stadium Renovations
Work is not scheduled to start until January 2018.

April 7, 2017

   

 

The following is a status report of where several projects stand as of early-April:

 
Construction on the new elementary school near Northway Christian Church
The new school continues to take shape and remains on schedule to open in August. Bricks are being laid, roofing is being installed and interior wall partitions are being set in place. Construction on a sidewalk along the west side of Durham to the school will be completed in time for the beginning of the school year in August.
 
University Park Elementary School Rebuilding Project
The design of the new campus has been approved by the University Park City Council. Plans for the underground parking garage, which will enter from the south from Lovers Lane, has been expanded to provide 85 spaces. The school is on target to begin construction this summer. A legacy committee has identified various items at the current school that will be kept and eventually moved into the new school upon completion.
 
Armstrong Elementary School Renovation
Plans for the renovations are nearly complete. Construction is planned to begin in late-summer 2017.

Bradfield Elementary School Rebuilding Project
Work on the schematic design for the school will begin this summer. A legacy committee is being formed to review items at the school that should be kept and moved to the new school upon completion.
 
Renovations/Additions at MIS/HPMS
Plans for additions to the middle school have been finalized and will require approval from both the City of UP and Town of HP. If approved, construction will begin in the fall.
 
Renovations/Additions at Highland Park High School
The new Seay Tennis Center, to be located east of the high school parking garage, will begin construction later this spring. This project will eventually allow a new multi-use building, to include a natatorium, to be built on the site of the existing tennis facility. Construction on the additional classrooms on the northwest corner of the high school (just north of the band hall) is scheduled to begin summer 2017.

March 3, 2017

The following is an update on what has taken place throughout the district:
 
New Elementary School

The school is still projected to be completed in time for the 2017-18 school year. As of Friday, March 3:
  • The first floor garage deck is completed. Plumbing and lighting conduit is being installed in the garage. Masonry work for the gym is complete, moisture barrier has been installed (the bright teal color) and stonework has started. Area C interior walls are being installed.
  • All floors for Area A have been poured. HVAC duct and electrical conduit is almost complete on the first floor, and is being installed on the second and third floor. HVAC unit screening is installed on the roof deck. Roofing installation work has begun
  • In Area B, all steel is in place and all floors have been poured.
  • Windows frames are being installed in Areas A and C.

The public can monitor progress at any time online with the camera that has been placed at the location. Still photos and time-lapse photography of the project are available.
 
University Park Elementary Rebuild

  • Design Development documents have been completed, and the contractor, Balfour Beatty, is working collaboratively with the architect to refine the estimates. The parking garage design has been expanded to accommodate all staff from the school.
  • The design submittal was approved during the City of UP Planning and Zoning meeting, and is now scheduled for a hearing before the UP City Council on March 21.
  • The construction drawings are scheduled to be completed and ready for bidding in early April 2017. 

Click here to read the full March 2017 Facilities Update.

Dec. 16, 2016

Progress continues to be made on new facilities in Highland Park ISD.  Much of the foundation for the new elementary school near Northwest Highway has been poured and the steel frame for all floors is being installed. In addition, the contractor has started work on installing a larger storm sewer to resolve water run-off issues in the neighborhood.

Below are recent photos from the site:

 

Plans for the new University Park Elementary School are taking shape. The new design will incorporate some of the school's existing features (including the frontispiece surrounding the current front door) and provide significantly more active green space for students and the community. All classrooms and common areas, such as the cafeteria and gymnasium, will be larger, there will be underground parking for staff and the school's exterior facing Amherst will be a vast improvement over what is there currently.
            
Below are initial renderings of the plans for the new University Park Elementary School:

Lovers Lane Entrance 

Amherst Ave. Entrance

Click here to read the full Dec. 2016 Facilities Update.

Oct. 28, 2016

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress with design and construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015. A bond project schedule is now available online - click here to view it:

The general contractor for the new school, Balfour Beatty, is pouring concrete for the parking garage. Pier installation has been taking place on the rest of the building and the public should start to see the school begin to take shape in the next few weeks.The sanitary storm line installation in Wentwood Drive is complete and Northway Christian Church is connected to the new sewer.

A camera has been installed at the location to make available still photos and time-lapse photography. The camera is available at https://app.oxblue.com/open/highlandpark. In addition, a detailed construction schedule (subject to change based on weather conditions) has been posted on the district's website - click here to view it:

 

June 23, 2016

Ground has been broken and demolition has begun at the site of Highland Park ISD's first new elementary school since 1948. That and other projects are beginning to take shape as part of HPISD's $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.

Here's an update on progress:

The HPISD School Board, Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg and Dallas City Council Member Jennifer S. Gates officially broke ground June 20 on the first new elementary school in HPISD since 1948.

New elementary school Highland Park ISD officially broke ground June 20 on a new elementary school designed to serve students for generations to come. Approximately 200 community members gathered at the site of the new school, on the corner of Wentwood and Durham, to celebrate as construction begins on the state-of-the-art facility for HPISD students. Click here to view a photo album from the event.  

After the groundbreaking ceremony, Balfour Beatty Construction began clearing the site to prepare for construction. The firm has installed a screening fence and will use the north part of the site to stage and enter the property. Every effort, within reason, will be made to limit parking on residential streets during the construction stage of the building. In addition, a 24-hour hotline has been established for neighbors to be able to report concerns related to construction. (Click below to see the construction plan for the site.) The school is scheduled to open in August 2017.

To read more about the June 23, 2016 Facilities Update, click here.
 

March 31, 2016

Highland Park ISD continues to make progress toward starting construction related to the $361.4 million bond election approved by voters in November 2015.
 
The following is an update on what has taken place so far:
 
Bond sale
In February, the district sold $225 million in bonds with a 20-year amortization at an interest rate of 2.95%, well below the 4.5% interest rate prior to the November bond election. By taking advantage of such a low rate, HPISD taxpayers will pay less than initially expected. The 2016-17 tax rate will be released in August.
 
New elementary school
Significant progress has been made on plans for the district's first new elementary school in nearly 70 years. Several focus groups have provided input on both the exterior and interior design of the school and the board has received two updates from the district's architect. Click below to view the most recent School Board presentation.

 

In addition, the district has been working with officials from the City of Dallas regarding the permitting and zoning for the new school as well as the traffic plan around the site. While final approval will still be needed from the Dallas City Council, the district remains on track to begin construction in early summer.

Construction firms
Following a competitive process, the firm of Balfour Beatty was selected to handle construction related to the bond program at all of the district's elementary schools. A second competitive process has begun to select a construction firm to work on additions/renovations to McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park High School.

To read more about the March 2016 Facilities Update, click here.

January 25, 2016

 

Progress continues to be made in laying the groundwork for several major projects approved by HPISD voters in the 2015 bond election.
 
The following is an update on plans for the district's facilities:
 
Upcoming bond sale
The Finance Committee of the HPISD School Board held a public meeting Jan. 14 to discuss, in part, the timing and sale of bonds to finance the construction projects. With the counsel of the district's bond market advisor, the committee reviewed several options and determined that selling $225 million in bonds with a 20-year amortization would be the most prudent course of action. Contributing to the decision is a very favorable bond market and HPISD's "Aaa" rating from Moody's Investor Service. The School Board has authorized the administration to sell the bonds with a sale expected to take place in February.
 
If the sale goes as anticipated, the tax rate increase is expected to be less than what was initially projected prior to the election. Look for further updates on the bond sale in February.
 
5th elementary campus
HPISD is continuing to work with Northway Christian Church to purchase land for a fifth elementary school. The talks are going as scheduled and the sale of property is expected to be completed this spring.
 
Designs for the school are still in the preliminary stage, and HPISD administrators are working with architects and focus groups on the layout of the interior of the campus. It is expected that the initial designs for the building will be presented at the Feb. 9 School Board meeting. 
 
HPISD has engaged the services of Masterplan to assist with the permitting and zoning for the new elementary campus, which will be located within HPISD's boundaries and the City of Dallas. Masterplan has worked with hundreds of schools throughout Dallas to ensure that they met City Hall's requirements.

To read more from the January 2016 Facilities Update, click here.

December 4, 2015

The planning process is underway so that construction can soon begin on several of the major projects approved by voters during last month's bond election.
 
Throughout November, HPISD administrative staff held several planning meetings to begin mobilizing the necessary resources to implement the projects envisioned by the HPISD Board of Trustees and the Facilities Advisory Committee.

"These past few weeks have been critical to us as a school district administration to figuratively lay the groundwork so that construction can begin in earnest on the new elementary school this spring," said HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg. "While I know that we all wish that these projects were already under construction, the planning we do now will reap benefits in the future."

Click here to read the full article.