Construction Updates: April 2018

TACKArchitects has been hired as the architectural firm to design the extensive remodel with additions planned for Prairie Lane Elementary. The project is estimated to cost $10.8 million; work will begin in the summer of 2019 once Swanson Elementary is complete.

Our One Last Look Open House at Sunset Hills was a success! Alumni, past teachers and community members enjoyed touring the school for one final time on March 31. CLICK HERE for photos, thanks to Doug Wynne!

Months ago, we accelerated our construction plan at Sunset Hills to move students and staff into the new building on May 16. Based on the fast, initial construction process, the project team thought by moving up that completion date, they could begin the process of decommissioning and demolition of the original Sunset Hills by late May. Teams have since reverted back to our original plan to move in staff and students in August at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. There will be no school at Sunset Hills May 14-15, but Sunset Hills staff members will be using this time to move what they can. They and students will finish the school year at the original Sunset Hills.

Demolition is complete and New Era Construction has begun mass grading the foundation at the site of the future Swanson Elementary! The Design Advisory Committee is set to meet with project leaders and architects on Monday, May 7, to discuss design updates ensuring the project stays on time and on budget, while following the set vision and plan of community members and families. Students will continue attending class at the Swing School through May of 2019; Swanson Elementary will open in the Fall of 2019.

Thanks to our community’s amazing generosity, we are proud to announce Westside’s newest project has a name: The Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, in partnership with Westside Community Schools, will begin construction at the Westbrook Elementary club this summer, a project funded by the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. Please join us for a special groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, featuring Westbrook students who are also club members!

Crews will complete final work at Westside Middle School this summer.