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Houston Independent School District (HISD) – Lamar High School

Building for a brighter future…

renovation and replacement of lamar high school

Gilbane provided construction management at-risk services for the Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) renovation and replacement of Lamar High School – a new program designed to modernize the campus while preserving the architecturally significant building structure. The project was funded by the HISD’s $1.89 billion bond initiative to provide local schools with improved access to technology, hands-on lab spaces and classrooms that encourage collaborative learning.

To meet rising academic and technological expectations, the school underwent renovations with improvements including expanded classrooms, modernized facilities and numerous sports fields. A large portion of the campus was demolished and a five-story parking garage, accommodating 1,200 parking spaces, was constructed. A natatorium is located atop the garage with an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool and bleachers to hold 750 spectators.

In addition to complying with ADA standards, the new LEED certified campus incorporates advances in energy efficiency and is more environmentally responsible. Throughout construction, special emphasis was placed on retaining as much of the original building’s distinctive Art-Deco style as possible to preserve the strong connection students feel with the legacy of the school and deeply rooted foundation in its surrounding community.

As a main priority, Gilbane worked to ensure that student safety and security was maintained, and academic programs weren’t compromised. Construction workers did not have any contact with students and were required to pass background checks prior to entering the work areas.

Read about Lamar High School’s renovation and expansion in ENR Texas and Louisiana.

Client Value

The school district utilized Gilbane’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) services for the development of design and execution of construction activities. This strategy allowed the team to continuously communicate and co-model, creating efficiencies and cost savings.

The team also worked closely with the school district and the local community to ensure all M/WBE goals for the project are met. Through these efforts, the team exceeded the 20% goal with an overall participation of 24.8%.