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2023 Bond Update Archive

April 2024 Update

Pre Construction Process

What is the Design Pre-Planning Phase?

Behind the scenes much effort is being put in to drive our projects forward. We are currently in the Design Pre-Planning, or “Programing Phase,” working with our program manager, architects, campus principals, department directors and administration to determine scope and phasing of all projects. We know that these efforts are not always visible to our staff, students, and community, so we would like to share some of the actions taking place. 

During the programming phase, the architects, engineers, and program manager work with HISD and permitting jurisdictions to better understand the land, existing structures, infrastructure conditions and requirements, as well as the specific needs and goals for all of the projects being commissioned. Before the architects can sketch and model design ideas, they need to understand zoning, infrastructure conditions & demands, site considerations, local building codes, and more. Here is also where decisions are made regarding what goes into our new buildings and spaces. What are the specs and square footage of each new space based on use, occupancy, and equipment needs? A plan is finalized for everything from how many bathrooms are inside to how many parking spaces are outside. 

To prepare for the programming phase, a team of key stakeholders will be touring other local schools and CTE centers to understand the latest trends, see exciting new spaces and get ideas for things that will not only make Huffman students and staff thrive, but continue to meet the needs of our students well into the future. 

Once the programming phase is complete, we will move into the schematic design phase. Stay tuned as we continue to share insights, behind the scenes actions, and education, all along the way