Agricultural Sciences Center
5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road
Katy, TX 77449
Expansion of the Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center to support growth and curriculum.
Background and Justification:
The L.D. Robinson Pavilion was built in 2004 to support the Agricultural Programs of four Katy ISD high schools, with seven high schools and a possible eighth high school on the horizon, the current facility is not capable of safely handling the amount of students, animals, and visitors. The Agricultural Programs in Katy ISD have grown exponentially while the L.D. Robinson Pavilion has remained as it was built in 2004.
The growth of our district has been astounding and our Agricultural Programs are benefiting from the growth. Thousands of students are interested in learning about agricultural related fields, raising animals, competing in contests, studying horticulture, etc. A new facility will give our students the best opportunity to meet and exceed all of their goals.
Safety is a large concern at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion because space is so limited to stall and show animals. A new larger facility will provide a safer environment for al our students, the animals, and the thousands of the visitors that attend the shows, invitationals, and contests.
A new facility will also provide additional classrooms that have hands-on learning opportunities. For example, the landscape of the new facility could be the plants that are used in the out State Floral, Horticultural and Landscaping, and Wildlife Contest. this will allow the students to learn to identify these plants in their natural habitat.
A large portion of our Agricultural Programs are Leadership and Judging contests. in 2014, Katy ISD sent 118 different teams to District competitions, 75 of those qualified for Area, 42 advanced to the State contest, and 1 team advanced to the National contest and placed 9th.
In November 2013, the Agricultural Sciences Center was part of our $99 million bond referendum. A committee including community members and staff formulated a plan to provide for an expanded facility at the existing site. Components include:
Outdoor Pavilion – holding and staging area for shows
Multi‐Purpose Show Area – area for students to show their animals during the show. To provide an area for the auction on sale day. Provides for arena seating, concessions, flexible classrooms and a lobby that would serve as a history lounge.
Project Center Building – four (4) flexible classroom spaces will support space for advanced learning of Animal Science and Horticultural Science classes. In this space, students and teachers can take advantage of growing crops from seed to table. A Farmers Market will allow students to sell their products to the community.
Multi‐Purpose Covered Outdoor Arena – 5,000 seats. This will be used for the rodeo and to host judging contests sponsored by our district high schools and Texas based colleges.
Eco‐Pond/Detention Pond – There are many classes and state contest that involve judging and identifying landscapes, wildlife, soil, etc. The area surrounding the Eco ‐Pond/Detention Pond will provide students with a hands on opportunity in a natural environment to learn and prepare for these classes and contests.
Parking and Roadways.
Barn for High School #8.