From start to finish, the video above fast forwards through about 2 years of construction on the Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts’ new building at 790 Austin St. Following an official groundbreaking in late 2014, workers stacked 5 floors atop a 2-story underground parking garage (which took on about 10 in. of water during Harvey) — leaving space in the front face on Austin St. for a multistory jigsaw-like window.
That opening started out as more of a hole:
Before getting glassed over:
Plumbing systems, built-in furniture, mechanical and electrical systems, and a few outdoor and indoor finishes are now all that’s left to check off on the new structure. Despite an initial rush to speed up the bond program that paid for it — as well as a $7.5 million gift from the Kinder Foundation — the building didn’t rise in time for the class of 2018 to do much with it. Those students’ time inside was limited to a barbecue lunch held on-site it earlier this year.
But next year’s seniors should get some educational use out of it — at least for half the year. The expected opening date: January 2019, at which time students and staff will relocate from the existing campus on Stanford St. between Sul Ross and W. Main.
- Wondering what two years of construction looks like in 30 seconds? [McCarthy Building]
- HSPVA and HSLJ graduating seniors get glimpse of new facilities [HISD News Blog]
- New Kinder HSPVA construction making great progress [HISD News Blog]
- HISD trustees accept $7.5 million gift for HSPVA [KHOU]
- Previously on Swamplot: Inside the Stacked Theaters and Studios of the New HSPVA, About To Go Up Downtown