Bond work to transform Federal Heights campus [video]

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:45am

New, larger parking lot, new playground, fresh look for building planned

The exterior of Federal Heights Elementary will get a $3 million makeover this spring and summer thanks to the support of voters through the 2016 Bond Program.

The planned work is part of a second phase of bond construction at the school. In Summer 2018, the school received important repairs to plumbing systems and was also scheduled to received playground improvement work. 

Federal Heights Elementary March 2019 Bond Update

During the design work, district bond leadership determined that the scope of originally identified work for Federal Heights did not match the needs of the building. About $3.4 million in unassigned bond contingency and inflation funds were added to the project to address improvements to the building's facade; chronic parking challenges for staff and visitors and a safer, centralized playground area for all students.

Those improvements got underway in March with the start of construction on a new staff/visitor parking lot on the south side of the school and the demolition of the school's current first- through fifth-grade playground and asphalt game court. 

As the work progresses this summer, construction will expand to creating a new, reconfigured play area on the east side of the building where the school's visitor parking lot and preschool/kindergarten playground exists. The new playground area will eliminate preschool and kindergarten students playing near a busy parking lot and first- through fifth-grade students will be able to travel a shorter distance to reach their playground and enjoy more recess time. 

The school will also receive a fresh look to its building with repairs to its stucco siding, the installation of new metal paneling and new aluminum lettering as well as new landscaping and updated entry plaza.

Federal Heights Elementary Principal Dr. Erica Garcia explained the new improvements will increase pride in their building and reinforce a feeling of value for Federal Heights' students, staff and surrounding neighborhood as part of the Five Star Schools community. 

"Federal Heights feels extremely grateful for the support the community has demonstrated in so many aspects, one of them being the financial contribution through the 2016 Bond, Garcia said.  "The amazing renovations we will all enjoy next year are thanks to our wonderful community. Our students deserve a beautiful building and we hope the new look of our school will let our community know their dollars were put to great use."

The work is anticipated to be completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year.