August 14, 2019
Aug. 14, 2019—Representatives from CFISD, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. and PBK Architects gathered on July 30 for a “topping out” ceremony celebrating the final beam of Harold R. Rowe Middle School (Middle School No. 19) being put into place.
Topping out ceremonies are a long-standing tradition in construction. The ceremony featured dignitaries and employees from Satterfield & Pontikes, CFISD and PBK signing and writing notes on the white-painted beam before it was lifted into its final spot. A tree was also placed on the topmost iron beam, celebrating completion of the skeleton of a building structure.
Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools; Roy Sprague, CFISD chief operating officer; George Pontikes, CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes; and Sarah Stolting, PBK project manager and Cypress Creek High School alumna; gave remarks to the crowd as well.
“This is always a major milestone in the construction process,” said Matt Morgan, assistant superintendent of facilities planning and construction. “With [Harold R. Rowe] Middle School opening in 2020, we’re happy to meet this milestone.”
The CFISD Board of Trustees approved the namesake for Middle School No. 19 during its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 12. Rowe Middle School is expected to serve approximately 1,350 students and mimic Cypress Park High School’s three-story design. The middle school also contains a state-of-the-art athletic competition field with a four-lane track, bleachers, press box and stadium lights. One unique feature within the building is a collaborative three-story open atrium incorporating learning elements and seating for large group learning. Rowe Middle School is the next school being built in the multi-campus educational village, with an elementary school planned for the future.