Cornerstone Academy will occupy the south classroom wing, facing Westview.
The district expects the new facilities to be ready for furniture in June, and to be ready for classes in the fall, the 2017-18 school year.
The two-story wings will house SBISD’s Academy of Choice and Cornerstone Academy, occupants of the former building. A new cafeteria building will also serve as space for some of the district’s community learning courses.
Walls of windows in each classroom wing overlook a landscaped courtyard.
The auditorium and library are holdovers from the former Spring Branch High School, which was closed in 1985. The buildings are a living nod to the district’s legacy – Spring Branch High School opened in 1949 and was the only high school until Memorial opened in 1962.
A collection of Spring Branch High School and community artifacts will have a new – and much more visible – home in the former library area of the old high school, which has been updated to modern requirements but keeps the curved staircase intact.
Even the iconic SBHS bear will have a new home – a special built glassed-in display case in the old building’s main hallway.
This glass case will be the permanent home of Bruno, the longtime mascot of Spring Branch High School.
Work at SBEC was done as the last major piece of the $597.1 million bond program, approved by voters in 2007. That bond program rebuilt 13 elementary schools, made improvements to every district facility and upgraded technology and transportation throughout the district.
The new buildings are designed to complement the mid-century modern architectural style of the former high school, with an updated flair.
Cornerstone Academy and AOC have been housed at the East Transition Campus – the former Edgewood Elementary – for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.