Humble ISD broke ground on three projects: a new middle school; major renovations and additions for Humble High School; and major renovations and expansion for Quest Early College High School Friday, Oct. 30.
Humble High School, the oldest high school in the district, is being renovated for the needs of 21st-century students to update the cafeteria, library, performing arts theater, Career and Technical Education wing, and athletics wing. The athletics wing will include a competition gym, auxiliary gym and locker rooms. The modernized learning space will offer innovation and excitement for Humble High School students.
“We are very excited to have our namesake renovated and updated for modern instruction and learning here in the City of Humble,” Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent, said.
The district’s 2018 bond program focused on renewing older facilities as well as building new facilities that are needed for growth.
Humble Mayor Merle Aaron echoed Fagen’s enthusiasm for the new learning space.
“They’re not just building buildings, they’re building the future of our lives here in Humble,” Aaron said. “The City of Humble is very pleased with the developments happening in Humble ISD.”
The school’s exterior will be redesigned to define and enhance the main entrance.
The renovations will increase Humble High School’s campus size by 63,000 square feet to nearly 552,000 total square feet. The $35 million Humble High School project will be completed by August 2022. PBK Architects designed the project and Manhattan Construction was selected as the contractor.
On the same day, Humble ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for Quest Early College High School, which is located at the site of the former Humble ISD Career and Technology Education Center, at 9155 Will Clayton Parkway.
This is the first time Quest has had its own campus home since opening in 1995. Until this school year, it shared campuses with other Humble ISD schools, most recently with Humble High School.
“Quest Early College High School, one of the highest performing early college high schools in the state, will finally have a campus to call its own,” Fagen said.
The new campus will expand Quest’s capacity from 400 to 600 students. It will incorporate a college atmosphere with collaborative, flexible and innovative spaces.
The campus will also include height-adjustable desks, movable seating that allows students a choice of work environment, and classrooms which consist of movable walls that allow combining rooms into larger collaborative spaces.
PBK Architects is also the design firm chosen for the nearly $9 million project, as well as Manhattan Construction the contractor renovating the new Quest campus.
Additionally, Humble ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for Middle School No. 10, which is being built at 15201 Woodland Hills Drive near Ridge Creek Elementary. The school will help accommodate neighborhood growth in the district’s southern region. Middle School No. 10 will be similar in design to Humble ISD’s West Lake Middle School.
The new campus will feature a media library, large group-instruction rooms, and a Career and Technical Education wing that will create an environment to excite students about learning.
“We want to use the campus as part of the learning process,” Fagen said. “It’s not just a building.”