Architects and project managers for the $21 million package of Hillcrest High School improvements have presented the school-community a detailed plan for the construction upgrades. Due to begin as early as May 2017 with the demolition of outdated structures on the campus, the package of upgrades includes a new public entrance to the school, new administration offices, a two-story classroom addition with spaces for students to sit and study, upgrades to fine arts spaces, and a 1,000-seat gymnasium with locker rooms and a tornado shelter, among other improvements.
The January 10 presentation to the school’s PTSA, site-based decision making committee and nearby residents included a walk through of plans to relocate some classroom spaces to accommodate the construction, and addressed concerns about student safety, disruption of classes, and the impact of traffic on campus neighbors. The meeting was one of several Construction Services has held with the principal and parents as the project took shape.
The current timeline calls for demolition of unused, outdated buildings in May 2017, with construction to begin June 2017 and anticipated completion of the project in December 2018.