HISD says it’s completed the purchase of land on Scott St., just north of the Gulf Fwy. between Coyle St. and Pease, for its new High School for Law and Justice, pictured above in a rendering from the DLR Group and Page, the building’s architects. HISD jettisoned the criminal enforcement elements of the school’s name last year; it was formerly known as the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. The site is near the southern edge of East Downtown, adjacent to the Leeland station of the about-to-open Purple light-rail line.
Notable features of the new 104,866-sq.-ft. building include a courtroom and law library, special spaces for both ROTC and visual arts programs, a gym, and a black box theater. The facility also appears to be designed for easy surveillance: “From the ground floor, transparent walls will allow visibility into labs on the second level for a crime scene area, fire science and a 911 training call center,” an HISD account notes. And that’s just how principal Carol Mosteit wants it: “I love the idea of having all this transparency and glass because we’ll be able to see the learning that’s taking place throughout the building,” she told an HISD blogger. “The way traditional schools are set up, it’s almost like an interruption when you open up a classroom door. We won’t have to worry about that with a 21st century building design.”
HISD expects it will take 3 months to clear the Scott St. site. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with students moving into the new building in January 2017.
A bidding war over the school’s existing campus in Magnolia Grove off Shepherd north of Memorial Dr. was won by neighboring St. Thomas High School. After the move, St. Thomas will expand its campus to incorporate the existing 11-acre site at 4707 Dickson St.
- HISD finalizes property purchase for new High School for Law and Justice [HISD News Blog]
- Design for new HSLECJ has courtroom, law library at heart of school [HISD News Blog]
- Previously on Swamplot: Working the System: New Bids To Buy HISD’s Law Enforcement HS Are Millions More; Bids To Buy Law Enforcement HS Punished for Not Following Rules; How One Buyer Would Use HISD’s Law Enforcement HS Property; A Standoff To Buy HISD’s Law Enforcement HS Campus
Rendering: HISD/DLR Group, Page