Katy ISD Miller Career and Technology Center Renovations Brings Two New Programs and Major Facility Improvements

Proposed view in veterinary medicine: The design includes a new veterinary laboratory with a folding partition to separate the space into two laboratories if necessary. (rendered courtesy of Katy ISD)

The Miller Career and Technology Center renovations are on track, according to a Nov. 15 presentation on the facility design at a Katy ISD board meeting.

The project will be funded through savings from the 2017 district voter-funded bond. Stantec Architecture was hired by KISD to design the renovations in August, and Brookstone LP joined the project in October as construction manager. The renovations include approximately 18,870 square feet of updates to the establishment’s culinary, veterinary, cosmetology, health sciences and dental fields, as well as the addition of a building trades program, a emergency medical technician program and some minor modifications to building access, according to meeting presentation.

The Building Trades Program is one of two new programs emerging from the renovations that will transform what is currently a classroom and flexible space into a Building Trades Lab and Support Classroom. The lab will feature construction-related mechanical, plumbing and electrical teaching stations, according to the presentation.

The new program, called Construction Management and Inspection, includes two courses starting in August 2022: Construction Trades I and II. The courses offer certification and summer internship opportunities, depending on the presentation.

The EMT program will occupy the space of four existing classrooms which will be converted into an EMT lab and two support classrooms. In addition, the EMT lab will be the new home of Miller CTC’s ambulance simulation, which is currently located in the health and science field, the presentation showed.

The design presentation also showed that the health science renovations will remove the existing dividing doors between the existing health and science lab to create a larger lab, which will include two phlebotomies. stations and two examination tables.

Changes to the culinary bistro area include converting four existing classrooms into two culinary labs with six stations each, revising the kitchen layout to include more freezing and cooling space, and adding a snack bar that will open onto an interior hallway, depending on the presentation.

The renovations in veterinary medicine will also use the existing area. Adjacent classrooms and support rooms will be combined to create a larger lab. An additional kennel with access to the hallway will be added and more showers will be installed in the existing clean room. Additionally, the design includes a new veterinary lab with a folding partition to separate the space into two labs, if required.

The renovations to the cosmetology area will convert an existing office into a reception area with controlled exterior access for cosmetology services, and the existing counters will be removed to add two new washrooms. Finally, the dental salon will be enriched with a dental station and a casework, depending on the presentation.

Miller CTC, a district institution that offers specialized vocational and technical training programs and foundation courses for KISD juniors and seniors, offers three programs: business and industry, public service and STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Miller CTC students are on campus for half the day and on their regular high school campus for the rest of the school day.

From November through January, the construction document production process will be executed through collaboration between facilities and the district planning department, Brookstone LP and the design team, according to the presentation.

The next public stage of the facility renovations will take place in March, when KISD’s board of directors is presented with the amount of construction, according to district documents. If the milestones are completed on time, district officials predict that construction of the CTC Miller renovations will begin in March 2022.

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