PESH Opens New Building Fall 2018
Plano East Senior High continues to grow as Cadence McShane Construction crews work daily to complete the school’s new building. The project is a result of Plano Independent School District’s 2016 Bond Program. PISD voters passed a $481 million bond proposal to fund major projects throughout the district. Projects include new construction, renovations, refurbishments and portable replacements, among other things. Four portables, previously used as 16 classrooms, will no longer be necessary to accommodate PESH students.
Located on the front lawn along Los Rios Boulevard, construction began in 2017 with the building’s foundation. Steel beams were erected as concrete was poured. The second floor is the same height as the existing building with an angled exterior. The additional building at PESH brings 23 new classrooms to be used primarily by the math department. A gorgeous chandelier will soon hang high above the staircase as floor to ceiling glass allows natural light to fill the hallways. The building also includes an oversized room, capable of seating 120 people, for faculty meetings or group testing.
During a tour of the building, PESH Principal George King discussed the benefits of having a sawtoothed design and how it allows more green space outside. The two-story building has a generous amount of glass inside classrooms providing students with a peaceful view of the pond, as well as its surroundings. Small collaborative spaces are placed periodically throughout the halls with relaxing décor and comfortable seating. These spaces will give students the ability to work alone, in small groups, or spend time working individually with teachers.
Another interesting asset is the building’s required storm shelter. The concrete bunker, covering an entire wing, has minimal vented windows acting as a vacuum to relieve pressure in the event of a storm. Students, faculty and staff are looking forward to the benefits the new building will bring. WRA Architects, Plano ISD and Cadence McShane Construction expect the building’s completion before the 2018 – 2019 school year begins.