Posted September 27, 2018
District and project leaders hosted a Public Design Input Session at Prairie Lane on September 25. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the meeting, gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The Design Advisory Committee will continue to meet throughout this fall.
Construction continues on the new Swanson Elementary. Foundations are ongoing, underground Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing is ongoing. Masonry walls on the North side of the project site continues to be installed. Structural steel erection is scheduled to re-commence late September.
The Westside Boys & Girls Club project at Westbrook, scheduled to last 14 months, is back on time! Rain slowed construction over the summer, but dry weather has helped crews this fall. Underground MEP is ongoing, and structural walls continue to be constructed. Westside has also added a drop off/pick-up area and additional parking on the east side of the building, and the city of Omaha completed crosswalk improvements on both Robertson Drive and Western Avenue.
WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL
We invite you to a public Open House at Westside Middle School to check out the now complete extensive renovations to the facility! District leaders and project leaders will be on hand to answer questions Monday October 8 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
A brand new Sunset Hills Elementary School is ready for students and staff to begin the 2018-2019 school year! Crews are installing final site amenities including parking, sidewalk details and landscaping. Our community is invited to a public Open House on Wednesday August 8 from 6:00-8:00pm!
Crews have made extensive progress at Swanson Elementary over the summer! Gym walls are now complete, and steel erection for the building will soon begin. Swanson students and staff will learn and work at the Swing School through the 2018-2019 school year; the brand new Swanson Elementary is set to open in the Fall of 2019.
Crews are currently working to install new parking on the east side of Westbrook Elementary. Also in progress: the foundations for the new Westside Boys and Girls Club! This project is paid for by the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and not part of the 2015 Major Facilities Plan.
Crews conducted exploratory work at Prairie Lane Elementary over the summer. Design research and planning for extensive remodel and additions at Prairie Lane will begin this fall.
Renovation work at Westside Middle School is complete!
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Little Theater at Westside High School underwent a complete renovation over the summer! The new flexible learning space has soundproof walls, new flooring, and state-of-the-art technology for classroom use, team activities and community events. Designs are now being finalized for expansion of the Westside Welding Lab (made possible thanks to the Westside Foundation!); work should begin this fall. Finally, the summer roof project is expected to be complete before students begin classes August 14-15.
May 14, the Board of Education approved TACKArchitects as the architectural firm to design the extensive remodel with additions planned for Prairie Lane Elementary. TACK, Project Advocates and district leaders also met with Prairie Lane staff this month to gather feedback on the current building and what they would like in the future. Design Advisory Committee members have been invited to participate in planning; preliminary meetings will begin this summer and collaboration will begin in the fall. Click here to view the contract for TACKArchitects on the Prairie Lane project.
May 14-15, staff members moved what they could into the new Sunset Hills Elementary. Once the school year concludes, staff will move in the remainder of their belongings on May 29. Crews are currently putting in new sidewalks around the Sunset Hills pool, which will be ready for the public on May 26. We will host a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at the new Sunset Hills Elementary on Wednesday August 8th! The event will be open to the public to view this beautiful new school before students and families attend the Sunset Hills Sneak-A-Peek and Back To School Picnic on August 9th, and start class on August 14th. The project is on time and on budget.
The Design Advisory Committee met with Alley Poyner Macchietto architects, Project Advocates and district leaders earlier this month for an updated presentation about the new Swanson Elementary! CLICK HERE for new images and details!
Mass grading at the site continues, and crews have started footings and foundations. The new school is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.
Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands
Westbrook staff and students, District leaders, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and several other community partners celebrated the official groundbreaking of the new Westside Boys & Girls Club Honoring the Hawkins Family on May 8th. Construction of the new facility will begin May 29th, a project funded by the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. The club is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.
Construction crews will restart work as soon as the school year concludes, finishing all renovations this summer.
Work will soon be underway to expand the Welding Lab/Engineering Tech Space at Westside High School, as well as the Little Theater! Construction is expected to begin this summer, made possible thanks to the generosity and support of the Westside Foundation!
Congratulations to Ann Christiansen and Kris Brown, appointed to additional 2-year terms with the Bond Oversight Committee. We are grateful to all BOC members for their time and commitment to Westside’s 2015 Major Facilities Plan!
Westside Community Schools in close partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is proud to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new club honoring the Hawkins Family attached to Westbrook Elementary School. Both organizations, along with dozens of students from Westbrook Elementary, took part in the ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the site of the new club.
For 13 years, the Westside Boys & Girls Club has provided a safe, fulfilling environment for learners to spend time after school. This brand new facility will continue our joint mission to help children ages 6 to 18 learn and grown in a fun and safe place with caring staff.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is honored to continue our partnership with Westside Community Schools,” said Ivan Gilreath, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. “Our after school program at Westbrook Elementary will have a newly built facility that will be safe, fun and equipped with a state of the art Innovation Center that will have the latest and greatest technology, including a drone obstacle course. This Center will also be available to the school during school hours. Our partnership will provide opportunities to assist youth in being successful academically and socially.”
“Our job as educators is to help our learners grow into the best overall people they can possibly be,” said Tyler Hottovy, Principal of Westbrook Elementary. “This beautiful new facility, right next door to Westbrook, ensures children will continue learning and growing in a positive environment every day when they leave school. We are also excited that the top floor will be a shared innovation space between the club and the school that all students will benefit all Westbrook students.”
Holland Basham Architects is designing the new facility, and Ronco Construction will complete construction at the site. The construction of the Westside Boys & Girls Club will begin at the conclusion of the the school year later this month. The existing Club will remain open until the new Club opens to members in August of 2019.
Special guests at the May 8 event included several members of the Hawkins family, for whom the new site will be named, as well as Boys and Girls Club Chair and Principle of Holland Basham Architects Tim Holland, who presented all student performers with T-shirts and club memberships.