The Booker T. Washington High School athletics field and new auditorium are undergoing upgrades as a part of an initial $51.7 million bond project initiated in 2012.
The new campus in Independence Heights opened for the 2018-19 school year, allowing for demolition of the old building to make way for athletics fields and other site improvements. The overall project is 93 percent complete, according to Houston ISD, with a construction cost of $44,450,193.
Upgrades slated for the athletic fields include regrading and reseeding of the existing football field and the addition of a new irrigation system. The existing track will be repaired and will have added areas for track and field events. Upgrades to the baseball and softball fields include new pitching bullpens, batting cages, scoreboards, infields and bleachers. Athletic teams currently use a nearby park.
Upgrades to the school’s new auditorium include a performance-style stage with a new curtain, mechanical upgrades and lighting.
HISD said it sought competitive sealed proposals for the improvement package, which it said was funded through overall project savings identified in the district’s standard end-of-project review. The $3.1 million project was awarded by the HISD Board of Education to the existing project contractor, Prime Contractors.
“These enhancements will allow an expansion to the school’s athletic and performance programs,” Washington principal Carlos Phillips said. “They are an investment in the school as well as the community.”