Construction is underway on a new five-story, 168,000-square-foot building for the Houston ISD's Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
The sleek, $80-million project will include a 200-seat mini-theater, 200-seat black box theater, 150-seat recital hall, rooftop garden and outdoor art studio. The centerpiece will be an 800-seat main theater, complete with a balcony, that will fit the prestigious magnet school's entire faculty and student body with room to spare.
The new space, approved by voters in a 2012 bond, will allow the school to move from its current Montrose campus. It will also provide room for the new creative writing program, whose students currently take classes in the library and in portable trailers.
After the project was announced, designers and HISD officials took field trips to different arts high schools and universities around the country for inspiration, including the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and the Juilliard School in New York City, Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas and the Baltimore School for the Arts, among others. The Frank Sinatra school had particular influence, as like HSPVA, it is a five-story school in a prime downtown location.
Completed August 2018