Conroe, Texas based Conroe ISD (Independent School District) has recently completed $47 million construction project of summer. Now, Conroe ISD School is ready for welcoming back their students in new developed atmosphere of school.
Bobby Burns, CISD’s director of facilities and maintenance operations said, “We’ve never tried to pull this off before. We got our fire marshal release on all schools (Wednesday) morning and we’re ready to move kids into the buildings.”
The construction projects of Conroe ISD were part of the 2008 bond referendum that approved by voters. There were total $47million consumed on the construction work from which more than $29 million was spent on improving the front entrances of 7 campuses including Washington Junior High, Wilkerson Intermediate, Travis Intermediate, Ford Elementary, Hailey Elementary, Glen Loch Elementary and Rice Elementary. As installing security and surveillance systems, the entries in the Conroe Independent School District has been improved which is more efficient. This is helpful to know that who enters in the campus. Today, this system is much demanded against increased security risks.
CISD Communications Director Kathy Clark said, “All the front entrances at the schools are administratively secure so we can monitor who comes into our buildings.”
Other construction activities in the ceilings of many classrooms have been repaired in many universities and a huge amount of safety measures have improved in the campuses in general. Its security measures include cameras, intercoms, intrusion systems, fire alarms and security doors for students and campus security. There were $2.4 million used to install security measures. In addition, universities also renovated girls’ softball by $2.5 million, where the standard for all dishes softball were brought to the same at each campus.
“We just brought them up to the same standard,” Burns said about the renovations of press boxes, sound systems and dugouts.
Almost seven campuses’ air handling and cooling systems have been expanded and improved by spending total $1.8 million.
In HVAC systems, a new system is installed that tell the consumption of energy per hour exact. This is very useful to school authorities to know exactly how much energy they consume which is a great way to keep track of energy consumption.
Burns said, “Life-cycle HVAC controls were worked on at 23 schools to install new energy management control systems. It gives us real-time energy usage by the hour. It’s to help us monitor our energy usage better.”
Sewer treatment place work was completed at four campuses for $670,583, while auditorium sound and lighting systems were renovated at Conroe High School, Oak Ridge High School and The Woodlands High School. At the new Oak Ridge junior high, slab work totaled $1.4 million.
Burns said that Construction crews tackle all the items planned in the bond at the schools worked on this summer at the same time to minimize the impact on campuses. Structural steel work began in March, while the bulk of the work started on June 7 after students left for the summer.
Burns said, Of the $527 million approved through the 2008 bond referendum, nearly $300 million in projects remain and will take several more years to complete. Its future projects consist of the construction of a new junior high in the Conroe feeder on Longmire Road, two elementary schools and the land to build on and various campus improvements.