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.
Site Plan, Architectural Renderings for New Caney ISD West Fork High School
Here’s how it should all look when finished.
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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