Interior, exterior work continues on STEM Lab [video]
School remains on schedule for August completion
As a new calendar year began, interior work on the second of two, 25,000-square-foot expansions to the building got under way as exterior work continued.
By mid-January, the new main entry to the building was being framed, providing a look at the final shape of the building. Exterior brick work was more than a quarter complete with much of the building wrapped in a thick sheet of plastic to protect the new masonry from moisture. Roof installation was over halfway complete.
Concrete slabs and foundations for the new wing are fully complete and polishing work has begun that will match the polished concrete floors of the previously-completed building expansion from 2018. Interior wall framing was about a quarter complete. Adolfson and Peterson Construction is the general contractor for the STEM Lab project.
The renovation and reconstruction of the STEM Lab magnet school was a key project identified as part of the 2016 Bond Program. The $20 million project not only renovates the central portion of the 47-year-old building, which includes the cafeteria and gymnasium, but allows for the addition of about 50,000 square feet of new classroom and administrative space.
When the school's renovation and reconstruction is completed - still on schedule for an August 2019 completion - it will allow enrollment to grow and provide more STEM-learning opportunities for students across the Five Star District - another goal of the 2016 Bond Program. The expansion will add one more class at each grade level K-7.
As a magnet school, families of interested students must apply through the Choice program. Choice for the 2019-2020 school year opened Dec. 1, 2018. The first round of Choice is NOT first come, first served. All applications received between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31, 2019 are considered in the same lottery.