Tomball ISD breaks ground on new schools, stadium

Tomball ISD officials broke ground May 29 on the district's new educational complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway.

Tomball ISD officials broke ground May 29 on the district's new educational complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway.

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Editor's note: Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. is the program manager for Tomball ISD's 2017 bond-funded projects. An earlier version of this story cited LAN as project manager.

Tomball ISD officials celebrated the groundbreaking of its new district complex at Cypress Rosehill Road and the Grand Parkway on May 29. The complex will feature an elementary school and a junior high school as well as a district athletic stadium with an attached community center, according to a May 29 news release from TISD.

“Today is a monumental day in Tomball ISD,” Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora said in the release. “It is a day of celebration, a day of thanks and a day to bring our close-knit community together once again to prove we are that destination district.”

The projects are funded by a $275 million bond referendum approved by voters in November 2017. The new schools will relieve growing enrollment numbers at Wildwood Elementary School and Willow Wood Junior High School, located in the Northpointe area, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

When completed, the new schools will become the 21st and 22nd campuses in TISD, according to the release.

“We are blessed to be in Tomball ISD,” board of trustees President Mark Lewandowski said in the release. “We have such great support from our community; we have a great staff [and] great teachers. What more can you ask for?”

Salazar-Zamora announced in an April letter to TISD families the opening of the district's fourth junior high school—slated for the Cypress Rosehill property—is delayed from August 2020 to August 2021, as the groundbreaking for the new school has been complicated by delays in land acquisition, revised building code regulations in Harris County after Hurricane Harvey and county building permits.

"We are so proud that today is finally here,” Salazar-Zamora said in the release. “Anyone that has been a part of this knows there have been some extreme challenges but anything that has adversity, in the end, means a great deal. This will mean a lot to the students of this great community for many, many years to come.”

TISD officials celebrated the groundbreaking with project partners PBK Architects, Gilbane Building Company and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., according to the release.

LAN acts as program manager for TISD's bond projects, while Gilbane acts as construction manager at risk, and PBK provides architectural services for the district complex on Cypress Rosehill Road, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

The new junior high school spanning 232,00 square feet will accommodate 900 students and is scheduled for completion in fall 2021, LAN officials said in a May 29 release. The new elementary school is scheduled for completion in fall 2020 and will accommodate 675 students in its 117,000 square feet, LAN officials said.

Additionally, the district athletic stadium will seat 10,000 spectators and feature 3,000 parking spaces. It is scheduled to be complete in fall 2020, according to the news release from LAN. The stadium plans also include a community center with a conference center, locker rooms, athletic training and administration areas, according to the release.

“The groundbreaking of the three new facilities takes Tomball ISD one step closer to meeting its needs for the next 50 to 75 years,” LAN Vice President JP Grom said in the release. “The new facilities will provide Tomball’s students the environment and infrastructure needed to succeed in the 21st century.”
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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