Executive Director of Construction and Development David Biesheuvel presented timelines for projects such as the Future Ready Learning Complex, the new Benold Middle School and two new elementary schools, Nos. 11 and 12. These projects stem from the 2021 bond program passed in November. Biesheuvel stressed the importance of a number of factors that could potentially influence the presented timelines, including the construction of a $17 billion, 6-million-square-foot Samsung plant coming to Taylor, Texas.
“There are issues with materials, costs, delivery schedules as well as labor availability,” Biesheuvel said. “With all the construction going on in Central Texas, that is going to be an issue we need to watch especially with the new Samsung plant.”
Future Ready Learning Complex
The Future Ready Learning Complex, which will be located at 5001 Airport Road, Georgetown will be the district’s facility to house several programs, such as advanced career and technical programs; the Bridges Transition Program for young adults, 18 and up; Richarte High School, the district's alternative school; and the Early Learning Center, currently known as Eagle Wings, which provides child care for the children of GISD employees and students according to a spokesperson. Design for the complex was completed earlier this year and jurisdictional review for the project is projected to begin in January 2022. Construction will begin in May 2022 once bidding for the project is completed mid-2022. The project is anticipated to be completed in May 2024.
New Benold Middle School
The replacement school for the original Benold Middle School, located at 3407 Northwest Blvd., Georgetown is expected to begin its jurisdictional review process between Jan.-June 2022, with the bidding process to start July-Sept. 2022. Construction is estimated to begin in Oct. 2022 and be completed by June 2024. The new Benold Middle School will be located in the Parmer Ranch neighborhood located at 1000 Garrett Oaks Lane, Georgetown, according to a spokesperson.
Elementary School No. 11
The design for what is now named Elementary School #11 will be drafted at the beginning of 2022. Design for the school must begin as soon as possible in order to open in 2024 to keep up Georgetown’s population growth, Biesheuvel said. Construction for the project is estimated to begin March 2023 and completion is expected to be June 2024. It will be located in the Santa Rita Ranch development at 175 Elizabeth Park Blvd., Liberty Hill according to a spokesperson.
Elementary School No. 12
Design for the project is scheduled to start in Nov. 2022. Elementary School No. 12 would then begin construction February 2024 and is expected to be completed by June 2025. The location for the school has not been determined yet, according to a spokesperson.