New Caney ISD’s New West Fork High School Taking Shape

Between US59 and Sorters-McClellan Road, a few blocks south of Kingwood Drive, New Caney ISD High School #3 is finally taking shape. And it now has an official name: West Fork High High School.

On January 1, 2021, contractors were just starting to pour concrete for the foundations and parking lots. According to the New Caney ISD’s June update:

  • Site work storm drainage is 95 percent complete
  • Sanitary sewer system – 85 percent.
  • Electrical system – 98 percent.
  • Water system – 90 percent.
  • Building concrete slab – 90 percent.
  • Form and pour tilt-up panels – 99 percent.
  • Erect panels – 95 percent.
  • Structural steel – 55 percent.
  • Metal decking – 20 percent.
  • Concrete masonry unit (cinder block) masonry – 10 percent.

Aerial Photos Taken 7.12.21

Here’s how all that looked on the afternoon of July 12, 2021.

Looking NE from over Sorters-McClellan Road toward Kingwood Medical Center and Insperity (top center).
Looking east toward Field House and where playing fields will go just beyond it. US59 and Lowe’s in background.
Looking south at entire site. Sorters-McClellan Road on right. US59 on left and top.
A peak into New Caney ISD’s West Fork High School three-story structures
Looking north at entire site. Huge detention pond in foreground.
Looking North. Corrugated metal installed as base for roofing on four buildings.

Site Plan, Architectural Renderings for New Caney ISD West Fork High School

Here’s how it should all look when finished.

Architectural Rendering courtesy of New Caney ISD.
Architectural Rendering courtesy of New Caney ISD.
Architectural Rendering courtesy of New Caney ISD.
General plan for New Caney High School #3

New Caney ISD expects to finish construction on the 60-acre site in the summer of 2022. The site is in Montgomery County, but also the City of Houston’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction.

Detention Pond Requirements

The dry-bottom detention pond takes up approximately 5 of the 60 acres – or one twelfth of the site. Assuming it’s 12 feet deep, it would hold a foot of rain falling on the entire site. The new minimum recommendation for a site this size in Harris County and the City is .65 acre feet of detention per acre. That would be about 40 acre-feet of detention, which a pond 8 feet deep would hold.

Because the construction site is closed, and the plans I have don’t specify depth, it’s hard to say exactly how much capacity the detention pond has. But I’m guessing it’s deep enough to meet the new minimum requirements under Atlas 14. I say that judging by the height of the pond walls compared to the pipes leading into it.

I would expect no less from a public school system.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 7/12/2021

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