The Agricultural Science Center groundbreaking.

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 first groundbreaking ceremony was for the district’s new North Transportation Center located at 24755 Ford Road. 

The facility, 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 additional transportation center will save the district nearly $2 million per year on transportation costs through shorter routes and faster response times. 

“This new facility will improve the quality of life for all of our campuses on the north side of Humble ISD,” Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent, said. “This particular center will be located much closer to our northern campuses.”

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.

Also at the groundbreaking, Humble ISD Director of Transportation J.P. Burd expressed his appreciation for the effort put forth by the Humble ISD board of trustees and the community to make the project possible.

“We appreciate the support you have shown over the years,” Burd said. “We could not have done this without you.”

IBI Group is the design firm chosen for the $11.7 million project. Joeris General Contractors is building the new facility.

It opens in 2021.

On the same day, Humble ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new North Agricultural Science Center, which is being built at 24955 Ford Road near the site of the new North Transportation 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.

“Hurricane Harvey flooded our current ag facility up to the rafters,” Fagen said. “Since that time, every time we see significant rain, our students are forced to evacuate a lot of animals to a separate ag facility.”

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.

“This new facility will offer expanded space for students to interact with their animals,” Larkin Le Sueur, Career and Technical Education director for Humble ISD, said. “The space will also help present us with expanded FFA opportunities for our district.” 

The new center will also include a practice arena, teacher offices, restrooms, a designated turnout area, comprehensive security measures, and expanded parking.

Humble ISD received a FEMA grant of more than $8.8 million after the Kingwood Ag Barn flooded during Harvey.

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.

Stantec was chosen to design the new North Agricultural Science Center. DT Construction was awarded the contract to build it. 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. This will bring KMS up to the standard of newer middle schools, which feature spaces for collaboration and project-based learning, safety and technology enhancements, and natural light. 

The new campus design also reduces traffic congestion around the school with better access for student pickups and drop-offs.

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 construction is part of the district’s 2018 bond program focused on renewing older facilities as well as building new facilities that are needed for growth.

“The Kingwood Middle School project is part of Humble ISD’s renewal process where we will create modern learning environments,” Fagen said. “The campus will be a place where students are excited to learn every day.”

The new school, at 204,000 square feet, is designed for 1,100 students.

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, designed by Kirksey Architects, will be ready for students in August 2022. The entire project will be completed by December 2022. Flintco Construction is building the new campus.

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