Allen ISD Bond Projects
The 2015 bond proposal was created from recommendations brought forth by the Project Kids Committee. Project Kids was an 80-member committee of parents, community members, business leaders, and staff members that studied future facility needs for Allen ISD. The committee met throughout the school year and presented their findings to the Board of Trustees in April 2015. The committee’s recommendations are either reflected in the current bond proposal or may be completed using available school funds. (See construction schedule below)
The Allen ISD Board of Trustees evaluated the Project Kids recommendations and voted to present a bond proposal in the amount of $272,580,000 to Allen voters in November 2015. Allen voters approved that proposal on November 3, 2015. Work is now underway on numerous bond projects. Information will be shared on these projects below as the year progresses.November 3, 2015, Bond Election Information
November 3, 2015: Allen ISD voters approved the 2015 bond proposition based on results reported by the Collin County Elections Office with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. A total of 3,468 or 75.74 percent voted yes on the proposition. There were 1,111 or 24.26% of school patrons who voted against the proposition.Construction Photos
Lowery Freshman Center opened on Aug. 15, 2018.
The STEAM Center opened to elementary students in January 2019.
Bolin Elementary underwent interior renovations in the summer of 2017.
Jenny Preston Elementary School opened in August 2017.
Bond Project News / Updates(February 6, 2019): Work on the new Lowery Freshman Center was completed and the campus opened to students in August 2018. Demolition of the former Lowery Center continues with the exception of the south wing, which will be renovated for use as the Dillard Special Achievement Center. The new STEAM Center opened to elementary school students in January 2019. Allen High School students will begin using the STEAM Center in the 2019 fall semester. Renovations of Kerr Elementary were completed in August 2018 and students returned to classes for the fall semester. Phase III renovations of Allen High School were completed before the 2018 fall semester.(August 10, 2018): Work on the the Lowery Freshman Center and Kerr Elementary is being finished and will be ready for the first day of school on August 15, 2018. The new Lowery Center is located on Greenville Avenue between Jupiter and Pebblebrook. A portion of the former Lowery Center will be demolished later this fall while the south wing will be renovated for use as the Dillard Special Achievement Center. Kerr Elementary received an interior renovation over the summer. Work continues on the Allen ISD STEAM Center, and is on schedule to open for students in K-8 in December 2018. The portion of the STEAM Center for high school students is scheduled to open for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.(February 26, 2018) Projects under construction include the Lowery Freshman Center, which opens in August 2018 and the STEAM Center, which will be fully operational in 2019-2020. Projects in the planning phase include: improvements to the Ereckson Middle School Stadium; the "new" Dillard Center relocating to the "old" Lowery Center and landscape revitalization projects at Anderson, Reed, Norton and Boyd Elementary Schools. Other future projects include classroom modification for middle school gifted services; the renovation of Kerr Elementary School; and renovation Phase III at Allen High School.(August 21, 2017) Preston Elementary: Jenny Preston Elementary School opens for the first day of school. The campus is the 18th elementary school in Allen ISD.(April 3, 2017) Link to the Project and Growth Update as presented at the TRIAD meeting.(January 19, 2017) New Lowery Center : Site work is underway on the new freshman center. The school will open in August 2018.(January 19, 2017) Elementary School #18 (Preston Elementary): Steel work is nearly completed for the school, which was recently named Jenny Preston Elementary School. The school will open in August 2017.(October 5, 2016) New Lowery Center : Here is a presentation given to residents at the New Lowery Freshman Center Information Program. (View Presentation)(August 22, 2016) Renovations Completed: The renovation of Allen High School's main corridor and "A" Hall was completed for the opening of school on August 22. The major renovations at Vaughan Elementary School have also been completed for the opening of school. Planning continues for the STEAM Center and the new Lowery Freshman Center.(June 6, 2016) Renovations Begin: The renovation of Allen High School's main corridor and "A" Hall is underway and should be completed by the start of school in August 2016. Major renovations at Vaughan Elementary School are also underway although the project is not being funded with bond funds.(May 16, 2016) Board Moves Forward with Baseball & Softball Fields: The Board approved upgrades to Allen High School baseball and softball fields to be resurfaced with artificial turf by Hellas Construction.(March 28, 2016) Board Approves CM At Risk for Lowery Project The Board approved the Construction Manager At Risk contract with Lee Lewis Construction for the following projects: new Lowery Center Construction and Dillard Center renovation.(February 22, 2016) Board Awards Architectural and Engineering Services Contract: The Board approved a contract with Corgan Associates, Inc. to design the new Lowery Freshman Center and various renovation projects as part of the 2015 Bond Program.(February 22, 2016) Board Awards Construction Manager At Risk Contract: The Board approved the Construction Manager At Risk contract with Cadence McShane for the following projects: Allen High School Renovations Group 2 as part of the 2015 Bond Program.(January 18, 2016) Board Awards Construction Manager At Risk Contract: The Board approved the Construction Manager At Risk contract with Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC for the following projects: Elementary #18, Renovations at Vaughan, Bolin, Kerr, Marion Elementary Schools and Ereckson Middle School as part of the 2015 Bond Program(January 18, 2016) Board Awards Architectural and Engineering Services Contract: The Board approved a contract with VLK Architects, Inc. to design the STEM Center as part of the 2015 Bond Program.(November 16, 2015) Board Awards Architectural & Engineering Services Contract: The Board approved a contract with STB Architects & Planners, Inc. for a number of bond projects that will be completed over the next 3 years. (More information)(November 16, 2015) Board Sets Parameters for Bond Sales: The Board authorized the sale of bonds to fund or partially fund a number of bond projects over the next 3 years. (More information)(November 16, 2015) Board Approves Bond Election Results: The Board approved results from the November 3, 2015 bond election. The election results, which were certified by the Collin County Elections Office, showed 5,179 votes for and 1,727 votes against the bond proposal.
2015 Bond Project Summary
1. New Facility Construction $170,528,200
Construction of elementary school # 18 to open in 2017 in northwest Allen (Completed)
Construction of Allen High School satellite STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) facility (Completed)
Construction of new freshman center built north of existing school site (Completed)
2. Renovations and Upgrades To Existing Facilities $79,739,800
Renovate south wing (Main St.) of former Lowery Freshman Center for new Dillard Special Achievement Center (Underway)
Renovate Kerr and Marion Elementary Schools (Bolin & Vaughan to be renovated with existing funds) (Completed)
Construction of a new multipurpose music room at Allen High School (Completed)
Upgrade or replace Allen High School roof, heating and air conditioning systems (Completed)
Interior renovations to portion of Allen High School (Completed)
Renovate existing Dillard Center facility to create district professional development / training center (Winter 2019)
Installation of lights and seating at Ereckson Middle School athletic field (Completed)
Installation of artificial turf at Allen High School baseball and softball competition fields (Completed)
3. Technology $12,000,000
District network infrastructure upgrades; WIFI and WAN enhancements, data center upgrades (Completed)
4. Security $312,000
Upgrade emergency communications systems across the school district (Completed)
5. Purchase of Land. $10,000,000
Purchase land for elementary school #18 and Allen High School STEM Center (Completed)
Bond Project Proposed ScheduleWorking within a five-year time frame, the schedule may change.
Synthetic Turf at Baseball and Softball Fields
Renovate Vaughan (District Funds)Architects: STB Architects & PlannersCM At Risk: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC)
AHS Interior Renovations/Reroof #1Architects: STB Architects & PlannersCM At Risk: Cadence McShane)
District Network Infrastructure Upgrades Begin
Classroom Multimedia Installation (District Funds)
Elementary #18Architects: STB Architects & PlannersCM At Risk: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC)
Renovate Bolin (District Funds)Architects: Corgan Associates, Inc.CM At Risk: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC)
Auxiliary Gym/Locker Rooms AHS (District Funds)Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane
AHS Multipurpose Music RoomArchitects: STB Architects & PlannersCM At Risk: Cadence McShane
AHS Interior Renovations/Reroof #2Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane
Security Emergency Communications System
New Lowery Freshman CenterArchitects: Corgan Associates, Inc.CM At Risk: Lee Lewis Construction, Inc
Renovate KerrArchitects: Corgan AssociatesCM At Risk: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC)
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Ctr. (STEM)Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane
AHS Interior Renovations/Reroof #3Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane Construction
Ereckson MS Lighting Athletics Field SeatingArchitects: Corgan Associates
Dillard Move to Lowery Site
Renovate MarionArchitects: Corgan AssociatesCM At Risk: Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC
Agriculture Farm RenovationsArchitects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane Construction
AHS Interior Renovations/Reroof #4Architects: VLK Architects, Inc.CM At Risk: Cadence McShane Construction
District Professional Development CenterArchitects: Corgan Associates, Inc.CM At Risk: Lee Lewis
All District Network Infrastructure Upgrades Complete
All District HVAC Renovations Complete
All Classroom Multimedia Installation Complete (District Funds)
Questions and Answers
What projects are included in the 2015 bond proposal?
New Schools - Continued housing growth in Allen has created an ongoing need for new schools and additions to existing schools. Since the last Allen ISD bond election in 2009, the school district has grown over 2,500 students. Projections show another 2,000 students enrolling by the year 2020. A new elementary school in northwest Allen will help accommodate growth in that area. The need for more capacity at Allen High School and the demand for more science and technology offerings would be met with a satellite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) facility. The district has also identified the need to replace the Lowery Freshman Center based on a feasibility study of renovation vs. new construction. The south wing (facing Main Street) of the existing Lowery Freshman Center will be renovated to relocate the Dillard Special Achievement Center. The current Dillard Center will be repurposed for use as a professional development center for staff. The district currently has no permanent training facility for its 2,500+ employees.
Renovations - The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining high-quality facilities for all students. Therefore, nearly $80 million is dedicated to building renovations and improvements. These include new carpeting, wall coverings, paint and energy efficient lighting systems for three elementary schools and portions of Allen High School. The renovations will be completed over the next five years as buildings reach 15 years of usage.
Additions - Due to increasing student numbers in the music program, a multipurpose music practice and storage area would be built adjacent to the AHS band hall. The bonds will also bring the Ereckson Middle School athletic field to the same level as Ford and Curtis Middle Schools with lighted fields and seating for students and fans
Technology - The bond proposal includes $12 million to upgrade the school district network infrastructure.
Security - A number of security improvements have been added to campuses in the past two years including cameras, fencing and secure entryways. The district plans to use bond funds to improve the school district’s emergency communications system.
Purchase of Land - The bond proposal includes funds to purchase land for Elementary #18 and land for the Allen High School STEM center.What is the status of bond projects funded in the 2009 bond election? All of the 2009 bond projects have been completed. These projects included construction of the Allen High School Performing Arts Center, Eagle Stadium and the Allen ISD Service Center.
If approved by voters, can the bond funds be used for other school projects and expenses? State law requires that the school district use bond funds only for the purpose outlined on the election ballot. They cannot be used, for example, for employee salaries or school supplies. Bond proceeds could, however, be used for other capital expenses.