STEM Lab construction rolls forward

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:15am

Rush on to get modified school ready for students and staff

The STEM Lab reconstruction and renovation is no ordinary construction project.

Not only does it involve a meticulous, phased two-year process to transform a 46-year-old school building into a 21st-Century STEM learning facility but a majority of the work will take place as nearly 500 students and staff members continue to work and learn.

So, as construction accelerated in July inside and outside the school, the focus was also on preparing to welcome staff and students back in August.  The first, most critical piece of that effort was reconnecting data and phone lines in the school’s rebuilt server room in time for the school office to re-open (Aug. 1). There is also plenty of cleaning to be done to get student and staff accessible parts of the building ready for the first day of school Aug. 16. While students and staff will primarily use the west wing of the building for the 2018-19 school year, the school’s cafeteria and gym (where asbestos abatement has taken place this summer) will still be used. Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is handling both phases of the construction process.

July Highlights

Grading and site prep work under way on building’s 25,000-square-foot east addition

Installation of new kitchen grease trap and new water line under way (pictured)

Asbestos abatement work continuing

New air ducts being installed in school cafeteria

Demolition of walls in former locker area shower rooms (will become fitness room)

Looking ahead to August

Continue installation of new plumbing lines including new lines for future science classrooms

Beginning of work on replacement of building roof

Continued grading and site prep work for building addition

The renovation and reconstruction of the 46-year-old STEM Lab building was identified as part of a $350 million school construction bond approved by voters in November 2016. When the school's renovation is completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year, it will allow enrollment to grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 675 students and provide more STEM-learning opportunities for students across the Five Star District.