This project involved the renovation of 118,000 SF of existing space and new additions totaling 20,000 SF. Construction progressed during the school year, while the building was occupied. We
completed this project in two phases during a 25 month construction period. Phase I of the project involved installation of new mechanical and electrical systems, geothermal well field and individual heat pumps, construction of a new kitchen and cafeteria and renovation of the auditorium, auto and welding shops and teachers’ lounge. Site work included the addition of a new student parking area and soccer field. Phase II involved the construction of a new elevator, interior student commons area, front entry and exterior plaza. In addition, all of the windows in the school were replaced with energy efficient windows.
As with all construction projects, there were opportunities to add value by addressing challenges with creative solutions. One opportunity involved the planned construction of eight temporary
classrooms in the Commons area. We worked collaboratively with the owner and architect to identify additional classrooms within the existing facility that could be utilized on a rotating basis in lieu of building temporary classrooms. This innovative solution put us ahead of our construction schedule and reduced project costs.
In general, working in occupied spaces presents many challenges. Our construction team worked collaboratively with the school administrators and subcontractors to coordinate all construction activities to minimize disruption of day-to-day activities. Two week look-ahead schedules and weekly meetings with the owner, architect and subcontractors enabled our construction team to communicate priorities and adjust work flow as necessary. Student break times were utilized as much as possible to minimize disruption.