Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground On New Lamar High School Building
"This was truly a remarkable event. To have the distinguished representatives from each of the 80 Lamar graduating classes was a special touch and made for the largest groundbreaking event that I have personally ever participated in." says Dan Gilbane, Southwest Business Unit Leader. "Gilbane is proud of our history of partnership with the Houston Independent School District and we look forward to continued success on this project with the HISD team, their consultants, Dr. McSwain and the entire Lamar community."
The project will include a new four-story academic wing with four flexible academic areas, a large covered transit center for bus and parent drop-off, a black box theater and band instruction area, a large banquet and food preparation space for the school’s culinary program, and other career and technical education spaces. The scope also includes a multi-level parking garage, competition gymnasium and natatorium, and additional athletic fields. The existing main building, built in 1937, with its well-known art deco façade, will continue to serve as the main entrance to the school. It will house the existing auditorium, an alumni center, an employee child care facility, and a performing arts area.
"This is an exciting day for us", said Lamar Principal, James McSwain, "it’s a day that the school community has been looking forward to for many years."