Saturday, January 29, 2011

Historical Memory Bricks On Sale...ending soon

We have to turn in our orders to the brick company soon to have the engraved bricks ready to go deliver to the contractor. These engraved bricks will be used to building a bench or short wall in the garden outside the library of the new school.

What a great memory for your children! This are bricks from the original 1964 cafeteria building. The historical brick feature in the garden should be there for the next 50 years at least...until they need to build a new school again.

The funds generated from the sales will help fund faculty staff development, technology enhancements and the purchase of instructional materials.

You can print an order form from this link. Get your orders turned in by February 15, 2011, to have your families brick at the new school.

If you are unable to download the order form, please call Judy Dean at 713-251-6200. She can fax you an order form or you can come by our transition location to pick one up.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Steel is Going Up Fast

Wow! This is the progress since Tuesday. I'm anxious for this to continue so we can see the building take shape.

Our steel is gray. Is this strange? Most buildings seem to have reddish/rustish colored steel. I've never seen gray. It almost seems to have a painted coating on it. Maybe our steel is special and better than usual...any thoughts?

I'm sure you can see that they are working on the two story portion. In that part of the building 2nd and 3rd grades will be on the first floor and 4th and 5th grades will be on the second floor. There will be stairs inside the building and a back stairway that faces SFMS.

The other part you can see is the covered hardtop which is behind the gym.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back to the Blog

Well, following a great start to the year, a very full first semester and a wonderful holiday vacation I decided I really needed to bring you up to date on the happenings at the construction site. Thanks to Katie Fitzpatrick (mom of Keely, Thomas and John) we have some great pictures to share. Some of you drive by every day but some of you may have moved away from Houston so we want you to be able to follow the building process.

Last week the BIG crane arrived and they immediately began to put up the steel. Most of the concrete pours are complete. We have the front drive, front parking lot, service yard lot, several sidewalks and the LARGE foundation poured. The new exit/entrance onto Memorial Dr at the light at Clear Spring is almost complete. I've seen the mock up of the beautiful polished concrete floor. They throw the aggregate and do most of the grinding at this stage so we had to get final approval on the look of the floor. It is really pretty. Work is almost complete on the bioswale in the SPARK Park. They will soon move the fence back closer to the building construction and free up more space in the SPARK Park.

The contractors have made every effort to save the 3 buildings from the 1999 Bond project and have been able to do so. But, the kindergarten building and the library building had pretty involved water damage inside the walls. They are going to have to 'skin' those buildings, which means they take off all the brick and put up new brick. That means that the HUGE Texas mosaic is coming down. But don't worry, it will go back up and look as good as new when they are finished. That also means the brick on those two buildings will match the rest of the building and leave only the gym with the original brick.

Well enough for now. Here are some pictures to enjoy. I promise to post more soon.