Mammoth projects testament to growth in NISD

February 22, 2016

Construction of new schools and classroom additions at older schools is at a fever pitch to ensure that classrooms and improved facilities are ready for current students and the thousands of new students expected over the next couple of years. NISD is growing by around 1,500 to 2,000 students a year.

From the aerials, you can see how some of the schools under construction are on ranch lands that are surrounded by new neighborhoods and homes under construction. NISD continues to be the “destination district” for families looking for high quality schools for their children.

NISD voters approved School Bond 2014 which is providing funds to build new schools and classrooms additions. Funds are also used to renovate and bring other schools to current standards as well as upgrade infrastructure in hundreds of projects all over NISD.

Here are updates on some of the projects. For a more detailed status, visit the Bond website.

  • Cole Elementary School is being built for 800 students. It will alleviate overcrowding at Hoffmann and Mireles elementary schools. The $25.4 million project is being built by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors and is about 60 percent completed. It was designed by Noonan Rittimann.

 Birds-eye view shows Talley Rd. on left and Wiseman Rd. on top.

  • Fields Elementary School will house 800 students and is about 63 percent complete. The $24.6 million school is being built by Joeris General Contractors. It will relieve Krueger and Scarborough elementary schools and will balance the enrollment between Henderson and Scarborough elementary schools. It was designed by O’Neill Conrad Oppelt, LPA.

Birds-eye view shows FM 1560 on bottom left and Hills of Shaenfield subdivision on top right.

  • Harlan High School will house 2,800 students and will open in summer 2017. The $110.8 million school is being built by Joeris General Contractors and was designed by Garza Bomberger & Associates. Harlan is planned to relieve overcrowding at Taft, O’Connor, and Brennan high schools. It is about 57 percent complete.

Birds-eye view shows Talley Rd. on top; Old FM 471W on right, and FM 471W on bottom left.

  • The Northside Sports Gym is being built at the Farris Athletic Complex. The 2,500-seat gym was designed by Marmon Mok and is being built by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors. It is about 40 percent complete. The $26.3 million facility will provide competition space for school athletic programs in addition to the Paul Taylor Field House. It will also provide a venue for NISD special events.

Birds-eye shows Loop1604 at bottom and Kittyhawk Dr. (Stinson Middle School) on left.

  • New classroom additions at Rudder and Luna middle schools will be completed in summer 2016. Combined, these projects cost $8 million. Rudder’s contractor is D.L. Bandy and architect is Alamo Architects. Luna’s contractor is Guido Construction and architect is Garza Bomberger & Associates.

Luna Middle School classroom addition

Rudder Middle School science classroom addition

  • Multiple bond projects are in bid or design phases. These include a new and yet-to-be-named “Kallison Ranch #2 area” elementary school, the Child Nutrition Warehouse, a classroom addition and window upgrade at Allen Elementary School, the Holmes High School fine arts building replacement, a music room at Thornton Elementary School, bus canopy modifications at Zachry Middle School, ALE classroom upgrades at Clark and Jay high schools and Pease Middle School, a library addition at Esparza Elementary School, administrative area upgrades at Glenoaks Elementary School, and cafeteria and kitchen renovations at Cody and Valley Hi elementary schools.
  • New roofs will be completed by end of summer 2016. These schools are Boone, Cable, Howsman, Lewis, Linton, Mary Hull, May, and Villarreal elementary schools. Also, Jones Middle School, Taft High School, and Paul Taylor Field House.