Houston stage right for 168,000-SF arts high schoolHouston stage right for 168,000-SF arts high schoolhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=21732014-12-16T06:56:00Z2014-12-16T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - Construction begins today on a sleek five-story, 168,000-sf building for Houston ISD's High School for Performing and Visual Arts at the corner of Rusk and Austin.

The $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 magnet school's entire faculty and student body with room to spare.

"We're downtown and so close to the arts district, you can just feel the energy down here. It's going to be amazing to have the kids down here," said HSPVA principal R. Scott Allen.

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.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.

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