Humble ISD commissioned a “rooftops to flowerbeds” study from PBK Architects in December 2015. After nearly two years, the long-awaited report was revealed at the June 2017 regular school board meeting. PBK partner Rick Blan, who serves as the primary liaison between senior client representatives and the PBK firm, presented the results of the $300,000 study.

In the facilities study, projects were categorized into three divisions. Category 1 projects are “must dos;” they must be done for either legal or safety reasons or because infrastructure is in critical condition. Category 2 projects are “nice to have,” or recommended to avoid infrastructure issues likely to occur within the next 5 years. Category 3 projects are listed as “would like to do” but are not high priority because the existing infrastructure will last 6-10 more years. A fourth category includes items that will not be addressed by the bond at all because their life expectancy is 10-plus years.

Fagen emphasized that the report is a planning document and that the district will not necessarily do all projects. If all Category 1 projects are done, the cost is estimated at $61 million. Of that, $23 million is slated for high school Category 1 items: $2.6 million for Atascocita High, $4 million for Humble High, $7 million for Kingwood High, $8.6 million for Kingwood Park, and less than $1 million for Summer Creek. Another $8 million is designated to Category 1 items for the eight Humble ISD middle schools. Rounding out the list are $17 million for elementary schools and $12 million for support facilities, with the majority of funding going to the Career and Technology Education Center ($6.8 million) and Transportation Center ($3 million).

Examples of Category 1 projects are as follows:
-Replace all interior door hardware at Atascocita High School to allow for proper campus lockdown, at a cost of $556,000.
-Adding an electrical disconnect for the kiln in the art room at Kingwood Middle School for proper safety, at a cost of $8,625.
-Replace HVAC chillers installed in 2004 at Lakeland Elementary, at a cost of $312,000.

PBK actually got a head start on this project in 2012, when Humble ISD commissioned a “Utilization and Unifier Study” of 26 elementary schools. The report, which cost $155,660 identified 52 “unifiers” regarding optimal learning conditions, and a gap analysis, to determine what was needed to bring each campus up to those standards. Overcrowding, functional capacity, space reassignment, renovations and upgrades to add space were all assessed. The report was issued in August 2012, with a $130 million cost estimate to bring Humble ISD elementary schools up to par. The scope of work for the 2012 unifiers study did not include a comprehensive facilities assessment study, which focuses in more detail on “rooftops to flowerbeds:” physical conditions of buildings, roofs, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, doors and windows, kitchens, interior finishes, and anything else that needs repair or replacement. One recommendation of the unifiers study was to conduct the facilities assessment study to prepare for a future bond. The last Humble ISD bond was in 2008 at a price tag of $245 million and used for new campuses and administrative facilities, improvements to existing campuses and administrative buildings, and new technology. It also included $4 million for the Middle School 10 land purchase.

The link for the report can be found at



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