Katy ISD to find new use for L.D. Robinson Pavilion

Katy ISD
The Katy ISD board approved Texas-based VLK Architects Inc. to provide design services for repurposing the facility. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Katy ISD board approved Texas-based VLK Architects Inc. to provide design services for repurposing the facility. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

The L.D. Robinson Pavilion may soon have a new purpose due to action by the Katy ISD board of trustees.

In a 6-0 vote with Susan Gesoff absent, the board approved Texas-based VLK Architects Inc. to provide design services for repurposing the 25,000-square-foot facility located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, at its regular Feb. 24 meeting.

Details regarding the future use of the pavilion were not provided. However, the construction estimate for the renovation is between $3 million-$5 million, according to the contract agreement with VLK.

The district will pay VLK 6% of the total construction cost for its design services, per the contract. The funding will come from tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ, funds, which are an economic tool to help finance costs of development, according to meeting materials.

The L.D. Robinson Pavilion was built in 2004 near the Leonard Merrell Center, per meeting documents. It hosted the Katy ISD Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Rodeo until February 2019, when the new $34 million Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center opened.

Other construction-related items the board approved at the Feb. 24 meeting included:

  • A one-year contract with Consolidated Property Advisors Ltd. to provide real estate consulting services for acquiring and disposing KISD property. The services fees will be paid as a percentage of the purchase cost of a property and will be funded from the capital construction budget.

  • A job order contract to find a firm to relocate and purchase portable classrooms for the 2020-21 school year. The project cost is estimated to be $3.5 million, funded by the general operating fund.

  • Two projects totaling $4.5 million to replace building management-control systems at three campuses, Leonard Merrell Center and the Education Support Complex. These projects are funded via TIRZ funds and the 2017 bond.

  • An interlocal agreement with Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 156 to install new playground equipment at Amy Campbell Elementary School, located at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. the MUD will pay for $40,000 of the $141,672 project, and a donation from the campus’s parent teacher association will cover the remainder. The new playground is expected to be completed by July.

  • A construction contract to M Scott Construction Inc. to resurface the asphalt parking lot and install new lighting at Rhodes Stadium. The total project cost will be about $6 million funded by the 2017 bond.

By Jen Para

Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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