Tomball Independent School District
Rendering of Grand Lakes Junior High School

Tomball (Texas) district completes junior high, stadium

Aug. 4, 2021
The projects are a part of a $275 million bond program approved in 2017.

Tomball (Texas) school district recently completed construction on a new Grand Lakes Junior High School and Tomball Stadium. 

The projects are a part of a 2017 $275 million bond program. 

The new stadium will serve the district's football, soccer, arts, and band programs. The previous Tomball Stadium was able to accommodate 7,500 seats but the new $37.29 million Tomball Stadium will accommodate 10,000 seats. In addition to the 10,000 seats, the north side of the stadium offers a two-level community facility, which can house 600 people.  It features a conference center, sports locker/dressing rooms, athletic training, kitchen, and administration areas for sporting events.

Students will play and march on a synthetic turf called Astro Turf Trionic Blend, which is typically used in college-level sports for player safety. Other significant features include a 36-foot by 52-foot Daktronics scoreboard, a one-level press box, and monitors that will provide live feeds during games.

The district has experienced rapid growth in enrollment in recent years. In 2018 through 2019, the district student population increased from 16,0000 to 19,500 in 2021. 

The $43.26 million Grand Lakes Junior High School will relieve Willow Wood Junior High School of overcrowding. The 228,346-square-foot, single-story building will house 1,645 students in grades 7-8. It includes 60 classrooms, 12 labs, two gyms for basketball and volleyball, a weight training room, two fine arts labs, a dance studio as well as a fine arts studio for music and acting.

Adjacent and support amenities include a 610-seat competition stadium for football, soccer and track-and-field events. There are also two full-size practice fields for soccer and football.

PBK Architects served as the design architect, Gilbane Building Company served as the contractor and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) served as the program manager. 

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