School officials break ground at site of new athletic facility

PICTURED: On shovel duty for the Germantown School Board is Superintendent Jason Manuel, Angela Griffith, Betsy Landers, Linda Fisher and Rebecca Luter.

The Germantown community came together last week to break ground at the site of the new Houston High School athletic and performing arts facility.

The first phase of the field house project will include a 12,480-square-foot athletic field house. A band hall expansion is slated for the second phase and a 14,000-square-foot performing arts building and concession stand would be completed in the last two phases.

Last year, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved a “use on appeal” to allow new athletic and arts facilities on the premises of the high school.

The four-phase expansion was scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. It could be completed as soon as the end of 2020.

The athletic field house and concessions pavilion will be located on the south side of Wolf River Blvd. west of Dogwood Gardens Drive.

The site surrounding the field house will be developed into a “fan zone” with improved street sidewalks, walkways, lighting, fencing and seating areas. Archways for “Mustang Lane” will be built at the north and south end of the drive that circulates the new buildings.

“Houston High School’s athletic programs are growing and the construction of this new athletic field house will provide the space required for proper training for all sports,” said Steve Landwehr, principal for Fleming Architects. “The proximity of the field house is convenient as well for all sports utilizing the turf field. Relocating the football locker rooms and coach’s offices will also free up space in the existing school for other sports to utilize.”

The plan will not impact existing parking and additional parking will not be necessary.

The field house will include a “state-of-the-art” weight room and a new football locker room.

Houston High School was constructed by the Shelby County Board of Education in 1988.

In 2003, a building addition was built. The property was transferred to GMSD when that entity was created in 2014.