Houston — The Tomball Independent School District selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as the program manager for its new bond program. Tomball ISD is considered one of the fastest-growing districts in Texas. The district, which currently enrolls about 15,000 students, estimates it will have an additional 4,500 students by 2021. To accommodate this rapid growth, in November, voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, known as Bond 2017.

The bond package will include funds for a number of projects, including a new elementary school, a new junior high school and an expansion project at Tomball Memorial High School to add classrooms.  A new football stadium that will seat 10,000 spectators, improvements to the baseball and softball fields, a new swim training facility, and an agricultural barn are included under Bond 2017. Other improvements include instructional technology such as laptops, Chromebooks, and document cameras as well as upgrades in the district technology infrastructure. The bond package will also allow Tomball ISD to upgrade its fleet of school buses.

As program manager, LAN’s services include scope development, design review, construction procurement and administration, scheduling and estimating, bidding and negotiations, budgeting, quality assurance and construction management, among others.

“We are looking forward to working with Tomball ISD to implement a program that will meet the district’s needs for the next 50 to 75 years,” said JP Grom, AIA, LAN’s vice president. “The program will provide Tomball’s students the environment and infrastructure needed to succeed in the 21st century.”

Construction and renovation of the schools and other facilities will be completed by fall 2021.