Humble ISD has been busy playing in the dirt. District officials have recently broken ground for a variety of new facilities.
North Transportation Center, North Agricultural Science Center, new schools
Humble ISD broke ground on three projects: a North Transportation Center, a North Agricultural Science Center, and a new Kingwood Middle School campus, Friday, Nov. 6.
The new North Transportation Center, measuring nearly 23,000 square feet, will be paired with the district’s existing transportation center, which is located further south, to promote operating efficiency and support additional growth.
The layout will feature support spaces, offices, bus-maintenance bays, a bus wash, fueling station, and ample parking for the district’s school bus fleet. The project cost is $11.7 million and it opens in 2021.
On the same day, Humble ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new North Agricultural Science Center.
The center is being built on a 6.9-acre site within 4 miles of Kingwood and Kingwood Park High Schools.
It will replace the existing Kingwood Ag Barn located on Woodland Hills Drive, which has flooded numerous times since it opened in 1995. The most extensive flooding happened during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
The new North Agricultural Science Center will eliminate the worries of flooding due to its location on higher land.
The center, measuring 29,000 square feet, will have the capacity to hold 70 pigs and 70 goats or lambs. Additionally, there are 20 poultry and rabbit pens along with room for 24 cattle.
Renovations will also be made at the district’s southern ag barn. Plans include a new practice arena, restrooms and offices at that location.
The construction project to build the new center totals $4.5 million. It will open to students in 2021.
Additionally, ground was broken at the site of the new Kingwood Middle School, which is being built at its current location, 2407 Pine Terrace.
The new KMS will feature a three-story classroom wing, cafeteria, performing arts theater, career and technical education area, and athletics wing. The athletics wing will include two gyms and locker rooms. The $60 million project will be completed in two phases. The current phase includes building new facilities on existing athletic fields. The next phase begins in Summer 2022 with the demolition of the existing building to make room for a new track and athletic field.
The new school will be ready for students in August 2022. The entire project will be completed by December 2022.
Additions, renovations for HHS, QECHS
Humble ISD broke ground on three additional 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 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.
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.
The campus will 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.
The project cost is nearly $9 million.
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 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.
The $46.6 million campus will open in August 2022.