The Job’s Nearly Done on Alief ISD’s New Richmond Ave Center for Advanced Careers

The new 235,000-sq.-ft. job training center Alief ISD started building 2-years ago on the corner of W. Houston Center Blvd. and Richmond Ave is almost a done deal. Now that the building — dubbed the Center for Advanced Careers — is up, the photo at top looks across W. Houston Center from outside Walmart to show what will be the entry to its culinary arts wing at the far end of the blocked-off driveway. A view facing north back when the 19-acre site was still flat and home to the Golf Range on Richmond shows where visitors used to tee off on it.

The new building is wrapped by parking lots:


At its rear, a backyard detention pond runs along Westminster Plaza Dr.

Nine different disciplines are accommodated by its first floor:


In the southeastern portion of the culinary arts wing, a “fully functioning restaurant” is planned, according to Alief ISD. The auto shop is the largest of all departments; it’s accessed by a garage door on the north side of the structure.

Upstairs, there’s space for a few more subjects:

The building is one of several projects funded by Alief’s 2015 bond referendum.

Photos: Swamplox inbox (Center for Advanced Careers); Richard C. (Golf Range on Richmond) Site plans: Alief ISD

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