The steel is up on the site of Lamar High School’s new campus, nearly in its sophomore year of construction adjacent to the existing building at 3325 Westheimer. Photos of the new schoolhouse — which will front Eastside St. to the east of the old building — show it still in assembly on what used to be the high school’s track and athletic field. When it’s done, the planned 4-story structure will house 2,800 to 3,100 students, who will spend most of their class time in the new building, but still be able to access its neighbor through a 2nd-story concourse that links to it.
The perspective section below from architect Perkins + Will slices open both the planned and existing buildings and peers south into their classrooms. On the right, it shows the concourse plugging into the old building’s gray exterior:
Covered driveways on the new building’s east side along Eastside serve as chauffeur points for parents and buses. Here’s what the porte-cochère looks like from the street:
The full site plan for the 25-acre parcel indicates a multi-level parking garage south beyond what’s visible in the rendering:
To accommodate the school’s new academic model, sections of the building will be configured as “self-contained neighborhoods” of up to 200 students within the same grade:
Outside of the school’s instructional colonies, the building will house a theater, gym, cafeteria, and swimming pool — done-up below in varsity fashion:
The school’s main entrance will still be through the front door in the old building’s art deco facade — across the big lawn from Westheimer:
To the west, the existing auditorium — with that mural of Texas carved into its forehead — will still be used. Lamar plans to add new alumni office space, a childcare center for teachers and staff, and an extra performing arts area to the building.
Behind the steel that’s already gone up, most of the block along Eastside is still unbuilt: