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Humble ISD holds groundbreaking ceremony for new elementary and new middle school being built in The Groves
Humble ISD held a
groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 18, for a new elementary and middle
school being built in The Groves at The Groves Welcome Center.
The new elementary
school, which has not yet been named, will be Humble ISD's 28th elementary
campus. The new school will open in August 2017. Elementary #28 is designed for
950 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The building will be
approximately 111,000-square feet. Dr. Brian Peters, former Summerwood
Elementary Principal, has been appointed principal of the new school. PBK
Architects designed the new elementary school. Construction cost is $23
Elementary #28 will
be a two-story building with classrooms on three two-story wings. Each wing
includes six classrooms, a flexible learning area, and support spaces such as
teacher workrooms. Each two-story wing will be oriented to allow a maximum
amount of natural light into classrooms.
one-story wing will house the pre-kindergarten classrooms and special needs
classrooms. All wings will have direct access to play areas and outdoor
entrance includes a security vestibule for controlled visitor access. The
cafeteria and gym will share a folding wall to allow for a large multipurpose
space, and the gym will also include a stage.
The library is
designed to allow maximum natural light. A multipurpose learning area will be
incorporated into a library loft and can be accessed from the library as well
as the second floor classrooms.
A courtyard with
seating and garden areas will join the cafeteria and library so students can
learn outdoors. Elementary #28 will be similar in floor plan to Ridge Creek
Elementary School, which Humble ISD opened in 2013.
Middle School #9,
which has not yet been named, will open two years from now in August 2018. The
200,000-square foot facility will serve 1,050 students in grades 6-8. Joiner
Architects designed the new middle school. Construction cost is $44 million.
Middle School #9
will be a three-story building with collaborative and enhanced learning spaces.
Classrooms are designed to allow natural daylight in all spaces. Within the
learning center wings are break-out areas for small group and individual study,
and the design will provide visual oversight by instructors from the main
The classroom wing
courtyard design will provide a secure and easily-monitored large outdoor space
for educational activities. The classroom wings will be located so that they
are separated by sight and sound from the athletics and commons areas.
lobby will be a multipurpose space serving as an entry/gathering space for
evening events, visitors and daily morning student bus arrivals. The school
design will include a 1,056-seat competition gymnasium. The boys’ and girls’ PE and athletic locker
rooms will be adjacent to the football and practice fields for easy access.
The fine arts wing
will include a large, open teaching space for band, choir, and orchestra. Each
of these spaces will include individual support rooms such as libraries,
storage rooms, practice and uniform storage rooms. The fine arts wing will also
include a 164-seat amphitheater with adjacent changing rooms and a drama
classroom. Art will be taught in the classroom wing.
The career technology
wing will feature a state-of-the-art workshop with adjacent storage and computer
The café style
cafeteria will include a variety of dining options, including indoor and
outdoor seating. The middle school's entrance includes a security vestibule for
controlled visitor access.
Construction, Inc. will build both schools. A bond referendum approved by
voters in 2008 provided funds to purchase the land, construct both campuses,
and furnish the new schools.
These two schools are the first of six new campuses that are needed due to Humble ISD's growing enrollment. Humble ISD is among the 10 fastest growing school districts in Texas.