Anne Hutchinson, George Washington, Pocahontas and Thomas Paine were all on hand at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary on June 11 as students hosted their annual “Wax Museum” event.
Margaret Mead Elementary School
• Concrete masonry is complete. Exterior metal panels will be complete this month.
• Light fixtures, ceiling tiles and casework have been installed.
• Painting is complete.
• Demolition of the existing school is complete.
Construction began at Margaret Mead Elementary one year ago. But you can watch the building rise in one minute with this time-lapse video.
The first generation of students at Peter Kirk Elementary and Margaret Mead Elementary – which opened in 1975 and 1979 respectively – are now in their 40s or 50s. Many have children, or even grandchildren, of their own. Alumni of all ages dropped by both schools on June 6 to say farewell to the old school.
Four new school buildings will welcome students for the first day of school in 100 days – September 3.
Alumni and community members can tour the old building before it is demolished this summer.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project will rebuild and enlarge Margaret Mead Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.
Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Square Footage: 78,000
Capacity: 690 students
Spaces: 30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost: $44,987,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $5.7 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: September 2019
Remodel vs. Rebuild
A Remodel vs Rebuild Study concluded rebuilding a new school would be more cost effective than remodeling and enlarging the existing school. The current school consists of multiple small buildings made of cinder block. A new building would bring the entire school under one roof and limit access points into the building to enhance safety.
State construction assistance: Due to its age, the school became eligible for state funds for renovation or replacement in 2009. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
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