Here’s a cutaway view looking into what’s being called the final design of the new Downtown campus for Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Escalating construction costs have spurred HISD to accelerate the 2012 bond program that’s paying for the new HSPVA campus along with rebuilding programs at approximately 40 schools. So construction on the 5-story, 168,000-sq.-ft. building designed by the Houston office of Gensler is expected to begin within a few weeks, and end shortly after the 2017 school year begins.
HSPVA is touting the facility’s proximity to Downtown’s arts and theater district, but the full-block surface parking lot surrounded by Caroline, Austin, Rusk, and Capitol streets that it’ll replace is closer to Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green than to the Alley Theater or Jones Hall. Metro trains will pass by the new school on 2 sides; dropoffs will be sheltered from traffic by a 3-lane drive entered from Caroline St. sitting under the building along Rusk St. (at left in both images above).
Here’s an older site plan, dating from March:
The school will have its own 800-seat theater, dance and music studios, and several art galleries. Also planned: an outdoor dining area on the first level and an upper-story roof terrace near the library.
Images: Dave Einsel/Houston Independent School District