May Construction Updates

Posted April 26, 2019

 

SWANSON ELEMENTARY

  • Interior finishes are well underway and sitework began in April in preparation for project completion. This summer, watch for information about Ribbon Cutting and Open House events before we open the new Swanson Elementary to students and staff for the 19-20 school year!

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PRAIRIE LANE ELEMENTARY

  • Project Advocates, TACK Architects, and Westside hosted Community Information sessions on April 2 and April 4 to showcase design development drawings for a renovated and expanded Prairie Lane Elementary! Students and staff will tour the Swing School this Spring to see where they will be learning and working while construction takes place. Crews will move in as soon as students move out at the conclusion of this school year.

 

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

  • Construction on an expanded welding lab at Westside High School continues! The Westside High School Engineering Lab will allow more curriculum with state of the art equipment, making Westside a premiere program for workforce development and trades training. Our sincere thanks to the Westside Foundation and generous donors for funding this project, expected to be complete for the 2019-2020 school year!

 

WESTBROOK ELEMENTARY/WESTSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

  • This project, funded by the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, is scheduled to open to students in the Fall of 2019. Watch for information about Ribbon Cutting and Open House events coming in August!

April Construction Updates

Posted March 29, 2019

SWANSON ELEMENTARY

Rough in and finish work continues at the new Swanson Elementary in both the classroom wing and in the administration area. Crews are currently installing millwork in the classrooms while painting, and door installation is progressing throughout the building. Gym equipment has now been installed, and crews are currently focusing on kitchen tile and equipment. Site work is also underway, and Vrana Construction is currently installing retaining walls along the north side of the building. We are still on time for a project opening to students in the Fall of 2019!

 

PRAIRIE LANE ELEMENTARY

Contract documents for the extensive renovation and additions at Prairie Lane are being finalized and sent to city officials for review. Vrana Construction has been selected as the CMR (Construction Manager at Risk), and construction is set to begin in June of 2019. All are invited to a Community Information session on April 2, 2019 at 6:30pm at Prairie Lane, to showcase design development drawings approved by the Westside Board of Education.

 

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

Crews used Spring Break to kick off construction on an expanded welding lab at Westside High School. The Westside High School Engineering Lab will allow more curriculum with state of the art equipment, making Westside a premiere program for workforce development and trades training. Our sincere thanks to the Westside Foundation and generous donors for funding this project, expected to be complete for the 2019-2020 school year!

 

WESTBROOK ELEMENTARY/WESTSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Crews continue exterior brick work at the new Westside Boys & Girls Club at Westbrook Elementary, while interior metal framing and block work continues. Rough in work is also ongoing, as is roofing installation. Crews will install exterior window frames within a few weeks. Interior slab on grade work also continues This project, funded by the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, is scheduled to open to students in the Fall of 2019.

March 2019 Construction Updates

Posted February 27, 2019

PRAIRIE LANE ELEMENTARY

Design work continues to progress at Prairie Lane! District leaders and Project Advocates are planning to present Design Development plans to the Board of Education for approval in March. A Request For Quotes for Contractors has also been issued and posted online (click here for more details); a bid will be selected in March. Construction on the extensive renovation and additions at Prairie Lane will begin June 1.

 

SWANSON ELEMENTARY

Crews are currently installing drywall in the classroom wing at the new Swanson! Metal stud framing is now happening all through the school. Crews continue to install mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins throughout, and exterior windows are now being installed. Crews have started installation of the underground piping for the storm system on th exterior of the building. They are also beginning work on the brick veneer on the south side of the building.

 

WESTBROOK/WESTSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Work is progressing at Westbrook Elementary, the site of the Westside Boys & Girls Club! Crews are wrapping up steel roof installation on the learning center, and they continue work on masonry and the brick veneer. Temporary heating is being utilized to allow for the slab on grade installation in the lower level.

 

Construction Updates January 2019

Posted December 20, 2018

PRAIRIE LANE

The Prairie Lane Design Advisory Committee continues to meet to discuss plans for the extensive renovation with additions to Prairie Lane. New updates, shared by TACKArchitects and Project Advocates,will be unveiled to the Board of Education and district leaders at a luncheon on January 11. Construction is set to begin in Summer of 2019.

 

SWANSON ELEMENTARY

Final framing and roofing continues at Swanson to create the signature “Butterfly Roof” at the building entrance and administration area. Crews are also starting exterior face brick installation on the learning bar portion of the building, and interior wall framing and rough in continues. Mechanical units are now installed and will become operational in early 2019.

 

WESTBROOK ELEMENTARY

Crews are installing steel on the upper level of the new Westside Boys & Girls Club at Westbrook. They will use the holiday break to take utilities/sewer across the driveway on the southwest corner of the building. Masonry work is continuing on the lower level. As weather permits, they will be pouring the concrete floor slabs and begin the exterior wall framing. Drone photos taken by our partners, Project Advocates, show this extensive work in progress from above.

Construction Updates: November 2018

Posted November 1, 2018

PRAIRIE LANE

The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School.

TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The Design Advisory Committee will continue to meet throughout this fall. Construction is set to begin in Summer of 2019.

 

SWANSON ELEMENTARY

Swanson Elementary is a buzz of activity. Structural Steel is being erected in the classroom wing, work on exterior metal framing continues, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins are ongoing. Crews are installing exterior brick on the north side, concrete slabs are being poured and underground utilities have begun.

 

WESTBROOK ELEMENTARY
Activity at Westbrook Elementary continues through the construction on a new Westside Boys & Girls Club.  Masonry walls are being erected, exterior waterproofing is being installed, drain tile work is ongoing, and underground sanitary sewer lines are being installed on the west side of the site. Work on the storm sewer and water lines will begin in the next few weeks.

 

WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Thank you to all who attended our Open House on October 8! Check back for a slideshow of photos from the event, showcasing this newly renovated and expanded building.