Construction Projects

There are several construction projects underway in the Park Cities.  As the map below indicates, many of the projects will involve Highland Park Independent School District campuses.  Others projects are located on major arterial streets including Hillcrest Avenue and Preston Road. 

Traffic Congestion/Neighborhood Updates

From time to time, these project are likely to create traffic issues.  The City will be doing its utmost to inform you, in a timely manner, of things you need to know through our social media platforms.  The City will also be collaborating with the Highland Park Independent School District, the Town of Highland Park and Southern Methodist University on the distribution of construction-related information.  

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Highland Park ISD Projects

UP Elementary School rebuild.  Construction of the new building is well underway.


  • On the classroom wing on the eastern edge of the property, the roof is dried in, mechanical, electrical and plumbing work are almost complete, and window installation and exterior masonry have been started.
  • In the center of the building, which includes administration, the library and the arts wing, roofing is underway and work has begun on mechanical, engineering and plumbing. 
  • On the gym, masonry units have been installed and decking has started.  
  • The kitchen plumbing is underway. 
  • The garage parking has been striped.

Anticipated project completion is August 2018.

For questions or concerns about demolition, contact Ed Levine, Executive Director of Construction Services, at

Town of Highland Park Projects

Holmes Aquatic Center -- September 2017 to May 2018

Improvements to the City's Holmes Aquatic Center (HAC) are now well underway. Construction is centered on a new northeast building and will involve an updated concessions area, family-style restrooms, meeting rooms and work on the children's sprayground pump equipment.  Construction of the northeast building is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2018 pool season.  A timetable for the redesign of the existing west building has not been finalized.

Curtis Park's tennis courts, play areas and other amenities will remain open throughout the project.


Project Contacts:

City of University Park
Gerry Bradley, Director of Parks & Rec Office:  214.987.5486

Work on Northwest Highway elevated Water Tank begins January 30, 2018

Crews are repairing and repainting the elevated water storage tank on Northwest Highway.  This effort will involve work in the interior and on the exterior of the bowl.  The pedestal of the tank will not be repainted. 

The work will be performed by Blastco Texas, Inc. Weather permitting, the anticipated completion date is the end of May.  

Blastco installed scaffolding and is placing a shroud around the entire tank to enclose the work area. During construction, there will be temporary fencing around the site for security and resident safety.  Sandblasting work will at times be noisy.  Unless Saturday work is authorized to complete the project on schedule, all site work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

This work is not expected to influence water pressure or supply. 

HPUMC Tolleson Center -- Spring 2017 to Fall 2018

Part of the Highland Park United Methodist Church complex, this new facility in the current location of the Biggers Building at 5817 Hillcrest, will include two levels of underground parking and three floors of program space that will house Special Needs, Youth, and Recreation Ministries. In addition to a new gymnasium, the project will provide additional worship spaces, classrooms, dedicated sensory and motor skills spaces, and a teaching kitchen.

Project Contacts:

Rogers O'Brien Construction
Donnie Tidwell

Park Plaza -- Summer 2017 to Spring 2019

The Park Plaza project involves the demolition of the former Chase Bank building on the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel and the construction of a mixed-use development, featuring office space, retail shops and restaurants.

Excavation Work and Increased Truck Traffic near Snider Plaza 
Truck traffic has increased at the southern edge of Snider Plaza.  The truck traffic is part of excavation work for the Park Plaza development on the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel.  This activity will involve inbound and outbound truck traffic on Hillcrest, Daniel and Haynie.  Site excavation is expected to take several weeks.  Throughout this activity flagmen will always be present to guide trucks in and out of the construction site.  Motorists are reminded to stay aware of traffic control signage on and near those streets.

Utility work begins on portion of Haynie

Rogers-O'Brien is continuing its work to relocate and replace existing utilities on Daniel, Hillcrest, Haynie and Dickens.  

Utility work associated with the Park Plaza development is now on a section of Haynie from Hillcrest to Dickens.  No through-traffic is allowed, and motorists can not turn right from Hillcrest on to Haynie.  Weather permitting, the contractor anticipates this section of Haynie will be reopened in early March. 

Please stay aware of traffic control signage as it changes with the work flow.  As utility work progresses, and impacts traffic and parking, the City will continue to assist Rogers-O’Brien by posting updates on each phase of work on our various social media platforms. 

The Park Plaza project involves the construction of a mixed-use development, featuring office space, retail shops and restaurants at the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel. 

For construction-related issues, Rogers-O'Brien can be reached at 469-906-2080.  

Rendering - North elevation as seen from Daniel Ave.