New administration building, arts center slated to open by end of 2022 in Cy-Fair ISD

The new arts center is slated to open by the end of 2022. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)
The new arts center is slated to open by the end of 2022. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)

The new arts center is slated to open by the end of 2022. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)

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The new administration building will house hundreds of district employee offices, a boardroom and conference center space. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)
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Student artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the new arts facility. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)
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The two new facilities are set to be constructed next to Cy-Fair High School. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)
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The auditorium in the visual and performing arts center will seat up to 1,500 people. (Rendering courtesy PBK Architects)
Design plans for a new administration building and a new visual and performing arts center in Cy-Fair ISD are nearing completion, with both facilities slated to open by the end of 2022.

PBK Architects is overseeing the design process of both new projects, which were included in the $1.76 billion bond program passed in 2019. Officials at the time said they estimated the arts center would cost $46.6 million and the administration building would cost $65.9 million.

Both facilities will be located on the same 26-acre property off Hwy. 290 next to Cy-Fair High School. Officials with PBK Architects said this is an efficient use of the site, which will have approximately 1,050 parking spaces between the two facilities.

The construction process for the site is slated to kick off in May after the board of trustees approves a contract April 8.

Trustee Julie Hinaman helped lead the district’s 2019 bond committee, which identified the need for these two new facilities, among others.

“I’m so excited for students to have a facility like this to showcase their work and to hone their craft and to develop those skills,” Hinaman said at a Dec. 14 board meeting. “I’m pleased that our employees who work so hard will have a good work environment for them to do their work and to serve our district in.”

The all-inclusive arts facility is designed to host band, orchestra, dance and other fine arts programming with a seating capacity of 1,500.

Brandon Ross, a representative with PBK Architects, said auditoriums on high school campuses in the district seat between 800-900, but the district needed to expand options to accommodate roughly 1,600 annual student performances.

In addition to the two-balcony auditorium, there will be a small theater that seats up to 200, a dance studio, a visual arts room and spaces for art displays in the lobby. The district’s fine arts offices will also be located in this facility, officials said.

Next door, the new 221,000-square-foot administration building has been designed with efficiency in mind. Employee offices will be organized by department throughout the building’s five stories. About 700 employees are set to work out of this building, but Ross said there is room to accommodate for future district growth.

Superintendent Mark Henry said one problem this new facility will address is a lack of sufficient conference space. Areas designated for public access, such as the boardroom and conference center, are in a separate wing from district offices, and employees will have separate entrances from the public for security purposes.

See the full board presentation from PBK Architects here.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.