What projects will Harris Elementary receive as part of the 2022 Bond?
Harris Elementary will receive a full campus modernization located at the current school site. The modernized campus will feature flexible spaces to support a variety of learning styles, outdoor learning opportunities, educator collaboration areas, and a secure entry vestibule.
How much will this project cost?
The total project budget for Harris is $56,280,000. This includes the budget for construction, as well as associated fees for services and materials.
What is the project timeline? When will it be open to students?
The project will start in spring 2023. Harris’ modernized campus is expected to open to students for the start of the 2025-26 school year.
What is a full modernization project?
A project that addresses all the needs of a facility (building deficiencies, educational suitability, capacity, etc.) by bringing the entire school and site in line with the Educational Specifications and Project Development Manual. A school can be modernized through all new construction, renovation, or a combination of both.
How will construction impact students and teachers? Will they have to relocate to portables or another location during construction?
The safety of our students and staff during construction is our top priority. In order to achieve this, it may be necessary to relocate, or “swing” students and staff into portable buildings on site, or at an off-site location. A swing space location will be determined early in the design process and will involve community feedback on the available options.
How will construction impact neighbors who live near the school?
Neighbors in the immediate area surrounding the school will be notified before the start of construction and will be made aware of any major changes during construction. While every project is different, activities to expect include; temporary fencing installed around the active construction site, trucks entering and exiting the primary construction area; neighbors may hear backup alarms while equipment and trucks are on site. There will also be hammering, drilling and other general construction equipment noises.
How do I get involved with the project and provide input?
A Campus Architectural Team (CAT) has been formed to provide input on the project. CAT meetings are open to the public and public comment will be allowed at the start of each meeting. There will also be four public community meetings over the course of the project for families, staff and community members to get an update on progress and provide input. Those meeting dates and times will be published at AustinISD.org and AISDFuture.com once they are confirmed.
Who can I contact with questions or feedback?