Campus-wide renovations and additions to El Paso Independent School District’s Irvin High School have begun. HB recently completed the design, procurement, and planning phase and is now mobilizing on site.
Irvin High School is set to undergo over 106,000 sq ft of HVAC, electrical, and security improvements. Major security upgrades, part of a district-wide initiative, will include facial recognition and segment lock-down capabilities. The project will also add a modern administration building, a 300-seat performing arts space, and special education classrooms to the Irvin campus.
Phasing and campus safety were prioritized during the design and budget development phase. Collaboration with EPISD and the design team led to the development of a phased schedule that revolves around the school’s critical dates. HB has teamed Dekker Perich Sabatini Architects to deliver the project.
The District hosted a groundbreaking last week to much fanfare. In addition to students, staff, and community members, the ceremony included the high school band, choir, cheerleader squad, drill team, ROTC, and mascot—all there to celebrate their school’s future.
“This is a very important day in the history of Irvin High School,” Principal MayAnna Giba said. “It marks the beginning of a project that will help us better meet the educational goals of our students.”
The improvements come as part of EPISD’s 2016 bond program, which aims to provide modern, future-ready learning and teaching environments on all EPISD campuses. The program will consolidate schools into larger, more efficient facilities and help create a more sustainable inventory of campuses. Other areas of focus for the program include investment in athletic facilities, transportation, instructional technology, and security.