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Fort Bend ISD breaks ground for Elementary 49 in Harvest Green Community; Elementary 50 in Grand Vista Community

Schools will help relieve growing population on District’s west side

FORT BEND ISD (September 2, 2016) ­– Construction crews are hard at work at the sites of two of Fort Bend ISD’s newest elementary schools, 49 and 50. The schools will support student growth in the west side of the District. The elementary projects are included in the 2014 Bond Program and were designed in accordance with the FBISD Board-approved Elementary Education Specifications to include 21st Century Learning concepts to encourage collaboration and inspire learning.


Drymalla Construction Company, Inc. will oversee the construction of Elementary School 49 located in the Harvest Green Subdivision on Harlem Road, west of Travis High School. The two-story building will be 123,440 square feet and will cost $38,700,203, which is an amended project budget approved by the FBISD Board of Trustees.


Cadence McShane Construction Company, LLC is overseeing construction for Elementary 50 designed by Huckabee Architects. The two-story, 119,786 square-foot campus will be located in the Grand Vista subdivision, near the northeast corner of Beechnut Street and Harlem Road, and the construction cost is $25,793,553.

Fort Bend ISD Board members and District administrators witnessed the progress being made during a groundbreaking ceremony held at the sites on Thursday, August 11. During the ceremonies, construction crews continued their progress to stay on schedule for the opening of the schools in August 2017.


Fort Bend ISD representatives expressed appreciation to everyone involved in the planning, design and construction of the both schools, including the FBISD Design and Construction Department led by Oscar Perez, Jacobs Engineering Group Program Director Ron Holleyhead, the Bond Oversight Committee, Cadence McShane Construction Company and Huckabee Architects, Drymalla Construction Company and PBK Architects.


“We appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into planning Elementary 50,” said Kristin Tassin, FBISD Board President. “The Bond Oversight Committee, architects and contractors have put in lots of long hours and time to develop this school that will soon be home to many of our students.”


Photos from Elementary #49 Groundbreaking 

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Photo 1: Breaking ground for Elementary #49 are (pictured from left): Gaurav Agarwal, Construction Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group; Ron Bailey, Principal, PBK Architects; Melissa Chung, Architectural Intern, PBK Architects; Jennifer Quigley, Project Manager, PBK Architects; Ron Hollyhead, Manager of Projects, Jacobs Engineering Group, Oscar Perez, Executive Director, FBISD Design and Construction; Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools; KP George, FBISD Board Member; Grayle James, FBISD Board Member; Kristin Tassin, FBISD Board President; Earl W. Pitchford, President and Owner, Dramalla; Robert Curtis, Project Manager, Drymalla; Haley Peck, Marketing Coordinator, Johnson Development; and Jerry Ulke, Development Manager, Johnson Development.


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Photo 2: FBISD Board President Kristin Tassin addresses crowd during Groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary 49.

Photos from Elementary #50 Groundbreaking  


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Photo 3: Shown breaking ground for Elementary #50 are (from left): Ron Holleyhead, Manager of Projects, Jacobs Engineering Group; Bill Lyle, Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group; Oscar Perez, FBISD Interim Chief of Operations; Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools; KP George, FBISD Board Member; Grayle James, FBISD Board Member; Kristin Tassin, FBISD Board President; Aaron Johnson, Cadence McShane Superintendent; Colby Rose, Cadence McShane Vice President; and Huckabee Principals John Haskew, Michael Lovaglio and Gary Blanton.

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Photo 4: Shown with shovels in hand are Dr. Dupre and Board Members KP George, Kristin Tassin (President) and Grayle James. 
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Photo 5: Travis High School MCJROTC cadets, led by Master Sergeant Bergan, presented the colors during the groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary 50.