For the past few weeks, heavy equipment has been moving earth at a Lewisville ISD property on Mill Street. Construction will soon be underway for the eventual replacement for the current College Street Elementary school in Old Town Lewisville.
Scheduled to open in August 2019, the new elementary school is located on the west side of Mill Street between Purnell Street and High School Drive. The 14-acre property is the former site of Delay Middle School and is just a block away from Central Elementary School.
The $37.1 million construction project was authorized by voters in the 2017 LISD bond program program. In that election, 62.43 percent of voters authorized the $737.5 million package to build and renovate facilities and provide technology for the district. The cost comes in $3.3 million less than first estimated in a January 2017 report from the Facilities Advisory Committee.
Designed by Huckabee Architects, and constructed by Balfour Beatty, the 113,000 square-foot school will be the first in the district to incorporate a code-required storm shelter for building occupants, according to Lewisville ISD spokesperson Amanda Brim.
The building will be designed under the district’s standardized Education Specifications for schools. Brim said that even though the campus sits just outside the boundary of Old Town, the district has requested that the architect create a design that compliments the Old Town architectural style.
As of press time, renderings of the design were not yet available.
While the building’s capacity will be 800-850 students, the exact number expected for the 2019-20 school year is not yet known.
In 2017, the College Street Elementary campus had only 222 students enrolled, according to a Demember 2017 comprehensive needs assessment.
In September of last year, LISD trustees discussed a potential rezoning to shift students into the new campus and relieve pressure on other elementary school zones in Lewisville.
With the athletic field on the former Delay site now demolished for construction, Brim said that athletic events previously held there would be moved to the LHS Ben Harmon campus.
The construction will also eventually affect the Purnell Support Center, which occupies the northwest corner of the parcel. In addition to other programs, the campus is the home of Focus on the Future, which helps special needs students transition to adult life after high school.
Brim said that the Purnell campus would remain in use throughout construction and during the first year of occupancy of the new elementary school. After that, Brim said it would be demolished.
The old College Street campus will be renovated and repurposed, according to Brim. The district has not offered any statements about what functions might move to the former College Street location.
Other elementary schools in Lewisville with major construction projects this summer are Creekside Elementary, which is getting a 20-year refresh, and Valley Ridge Elementary, which is getting a playground replacement. Next year Central, Degan and Parkway elementary schools will get 20-year refreshes, according to a Community Bond Committee update from May 22.
Readers can follow the status of the LISD bond program on the district’s bond website.