First phase of STEM Lab renovation rushes toward finish line

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:00am

Community meeting planned to update parents, community on progress

The two-year renovation and reconstruction of STEM Lab is by all definitions a marathon, not a sprint but, as phase one of the project nears completion, construction is reaching a frenetic pace.

Over the past month, masonry work on the exterior of the building's 25,000-square-foot east expansion has surpassed the halfway complete mark. Inside the building -  both new and existing - finishes such as paint and tile are being installed. Windows have been placed inside the school cafeteria giving the space much needed additional natural light and, as a sure sign of the construction progress, renovated locker room/restrooms have been turned back over for school use.

The focus has also began to shift toward the second phase of the project. Phase 2 will involve the demolition of the existing west wing of the building and the construction of a new west wing. Just as the past year has required careful navigation of ongoing school activities, the transition to a new phase of construction will require similar orchestration. In fact, it was recently decided that the STEM Lab school year will end two and a half days earlier with the last day now planned for Friday, May 18. The extra days will provide STEM teachers and staff additional time to pack up so movers can transport classroom furniture and materials to the renovated east side of the building. Environmental work - necessary before west wing demolition can begin - is expected to start May 26.

Community members and parents interested in learning more about the work that has happened over the past year and the work still ahead are invited to a community meeting at the school from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3.