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CHANNELVIEW ISD: Planning proceeds on Bond Projects

PLANNING MEETING with Architects and staff. Channelview ISD is moving forward after voters approved the bond. Channelview High School programming and design meetings have allowed district employees to have valuable input into the proposed bond projects.

On May 4, 2019, Channelview ISD voters passed a $195.4 million bond election with 75.23% in favor, the highest approval rating in district history. The May 2019 Bond will fund the replacement of aging campuses, grow and expand Channelview High School with CTE and other offerings, provide campus infrastructure renovations, upgrade safety and security and technology district wide, and purchase new buses and land.

Proper planning and design are critical to the successful execution of the bond program projects. Since May 4, administrators and the Board of Trustees have been moving full steam ahead, engaging in 16 project-focused meetings in just 23 days.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the result of the election and are excited to get to work making these projects a reality for our students and teachers. The voters have given us their trust, and we will take that responsibility very seriously throughout every step of the process,” said Board President Keith Liggett.

Carry-out of the bond program is a multi-phase process that will last several years. Each project will undergo planning, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and, finally, construction.

From start to finish, Channelview ISD will make stakeholder collaboration and communication a priority, believing that the best design solutions are the result of an interactive and engaging process that strives to meet the needs of our students.

For that reason, the district has formed design committees comprised of teachers, administrators, directors, superintendents, and board members to assist the architects and design consultants in the planning and design of the May 2019 Bond projects. Each committee will be led through a series of design-focused meetings to define the purpose, needs, and spaces desired for each facility.

DeZavala Elementary Replacement School and Channelview High School Additions and Renovations have been the first projects to begin. The district is also in the process of selecting contractors.

In the planning phase, committees for DeZavala and CHS have begun to set goals and assemble the program of spaces for the projects, overall size for each space, and their adjacencies. This will be followed by conceptual design charrettes to develop the concepts for site layout and further define general building adjacencies. Their work then continues through schematic design in which a more detailed floor plan and site plan will be developed, and finally to design development, resulting in refined plans and building design, finishes, material selections, and furniture layouts.

“Stakeholder involvement and input throughout the entire design process will allow for more effective and useful facility designs for Channelview ISD,” said Superintendent Greg Ollis. “We are grateful to the voters for their support and we will be working diligently to make these projects as successful as possible for this community.”