New Construction

Texas K–12 District Selects Program Manager for Bond Program

The Splendora Independent School District near Houston, Texas, recently announced that it has selected a program manager for a series of construction projects approved by voters in 2022 through a $201-million bond, according to a news release. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) will oversee the construction of two replacement elementary school facilities, which will cost an estimated $86 million. Both projects are scheduled for completion by August 2025.

The replacement facilities for Peach Creek Elementary School and Greenleaf Elementary School will each cover about 130,000 square feet, the news release reports. To accommodate the district’s growing population, each school will have a capacity of 1,000 students in grades PreK–5. Amenities will include classrooms, recreational areas, administrative space, and a variety of specialized facilities.

“As Splendora ISD moves forward into the needs of a fast-growth district, we look forward to working with LAN on two new elementary replacement campuses. These campuses will provide exceptional learning environments to students currently attending class in our oldest facilities,” said SISD Superintendent Jeff Burke. “We have appreciated our partnership with LAN thus far and have been impressed with the firm’s attention to detail and proactive communication. We look forward to a successful future working together to secure the educational future of the students of Splendora ISD.”

According to the district website, other projects included in the $201-million bond package include an expansion to the district’s high school, the construction of a new junior high school, land purchases, and other district improvements. The district is also partnering with architecture firm Huckabee for the two replacement elementary schools.

“We are looking forward to helping Splendora ISD realize the transformation of its facilities and ensure our projects are completed in a timely manner,” said JP Grom, Vice President and Director of LAN’s Program Management team. “The new elementary schools will provide an improved learning experience for students in the Splendora community.”

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