More on Woodrow’s Expansion

Artist's rendering of Woodrow's expansion — Courtesy Image

Community Contribution

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new science and performing arts wing at Woodrow takes place at 10 a.m., May 23. Alumni, parents, and the community are invited to take part.

The $14 million, 40,000-square-foot structure was authorized in a 2008 DISD bond election.

It is only the third extension of the school in its 83-year history. A boy’s gym was added in 1953 and another addition was opened in 1979 in time for the school’s 50th anniversary.

The addition will be three-stories and located at the rear of the seven-acre campus near “Downtown Lakewood.” It will house the new Performing Arts Academy and three state-of-the art laboratories for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, Academy. 

They are part of the school’s redesign into four college prep academies which began implementation last fall in a four-year rollout. Woodrow was accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School in March.

The building is designed by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects with offices in Dallas, Houston, College Station and San Francisco. Principal Craig Reynolds is a Woodrow parent.

It will feature two-story separate choir and drama rooms. The choir room will have practice rooms and the drama room will feature a black-box theater, costume shop, and prop facilities.

A large dance rehearsal hall will also be on the first floor. Three large science labs will be on the third floor, along with new restroom facilities.

The building replaces part of the 1979 wing, which cost $1 million. The areas replaced are former wood and metal shops — no longer needed with the school’s new college-prep curriculum. The rest of that addition will be remodeled into a larger band hall and athletic facilities. There is room for a competition-size gymnasium to connect to this area.

Woodrow’s main 1928 building will have its original windows restored and HVAC replaced, including new air exchangers in the auditorium courtyards. The first-floor restrooms will be restored to the historic marble and wood and the second and third level facilities gutted and replaced with modern fixtures.

Electrical fixtures and computer lines throughout the campus will also be brought up to current standards. Drainage and landscaping are also included in the construction, along with resurfacing of the parking lots and the Tim Brown-Davey O’Brien Track.

Coincidentally the tallest building in the world, the Woolworth Building in New York City, when the original high school building was built — at a cost of $750,000 in 1928 — cost $13.5 million. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge spanning the Potomac River and connecting Maryland and Virgina was built for $14 million in 1958.

Completion of Woodrow’s expansion is expected in the summer of 2012.

Thanks to Kyle Rains for providing the words and procuring the image.


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