Take a look at the architect’s rendering of what the new fine arts building at El Paso High will look like:
We deserve better
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I don’t see anything wrong with the picture.
The EPISD has two thirds of a billion dollars they have to spend. I bet those glass walls are Pella. Instead of complaining about the design, we should bitch about the people who pitched those bonds. Remember, EPISD Board elections are coming up in May.
And we are talking about a school district that has traditionally been unable to fund its existing maintenance obligations. Glass walls need more maintenance than a brick or stucco exterior, and when damaged are very expensive to fix. But like everything else around here, they’ll build it and then be “surprised” at how much it costs to keep it looking new.
Meanwhile, KTSM is reporting this: https://www.ktsm.com/community/new-addition-coming-to-historic-downtown-el-paso-building/1790365458
You no doubt have seen the EPHS gym, library, cafeteria buildings that were constructed in the 70’s. They don’t match the “Heritage.” Where was your outrage then? Me thinks thou does protesteth too much.
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My mother used to say “You’d complain if you were hung with a new rope.” That is the case here. I have a feeling that no matter what was part of the bond that EPHS got, the author on this blog would complain about it. Too expensive. Too modern. Too fancy. Too much glass. Too artsy. To everything. Too White. Too brown, Too black. Too urban, Too rural. Fact is, these plans were not secret. They were presented to the community multiple times. Some folks complained about it back in 2018 but really, they failed to mention, like Trost is Dead, that the other buildings on the campus do not match the architecture. This new building more matches them since they will be built out near them.
I suppose that Brutus would prefer giant stone columns, marble stairs, and coal fired heating systems? That would be “heritage.”
An old rope might not hold Brutus. … Just saying.
Some people will never be happy. We should only build buildings that make every single person happy, that way we never build anything.
When one organization has failed its public an endless number of times, people have a right to be skeptical. EPISD’s problem is arrogant, incompetent leadership.
One has to wonder, when did the board chair move out of the district? Has he (as Cabrera’s chum) been inappropriately voting on issues, like school closures?
When the public does not trust you, you get posts like these.
Wow! Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! Y’all can go on ahead and maintain your own daily blog, if you don’t like this platform that allows your to so freely express your opinions contrary to your perceived opinions of the owner/creator.
I don’t think Brutus editorialized on the building. The only criticism is his usual tagline “we deserve better.” Sounds like somebody is a little oversensitive. … EPISD administrator who represents himself as a canine? Me wonders?
Other than the headline: So much for heritage.
Looks hard to maintain and energy inefficient, plus more costly to build than a more conservative building. Also, unlikely to be secure in a weather or school threat emergency. One the reasons the cost of education is skyrocketing is because we spend money on frills that don’t improve educational outcomes. This looks like a great example of that kind of stupidity.
Art is rarely efficient.
But taxpayer funded projects should be.
Agreed. I looked to see if maybe EPHS was an arts magnet, but it’s not.
This type of building is a safety hazard.
The glass/plastic roofs at Whitaker caused the sunlight shining through to melt the wax on the floor causing people to slip. Hopefully no floor wax.
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