Lakewood OH

School renovations are building momentum

            Work is progressing in a timely fashion on the capital improvements projects which will give major facelifts to Goldwood Primary, Kensington Intermediate and Rocky River High Schools. The Beach Education Center is also being renovated, and will become the new home of the schools’ administrative offices.

            In an update given to the school board at a recent meeting, Kevin Green of Project and Construction Services, Inc, reported that Beach will be completed and ready for occupancy by the beginning of July. The move-in date for the district offices is set for June 10, even though an elevator will not be installed by that time. Green said that the discovery of asbestos in the area, located in the building wing constructed in 1930, has put the brakes on that portion of the project. The school board, at its last meeting, approved a contract with American Asbestos Abatement and Removal Corporation at a cost of $39,500 to take care of the asbestos by March 18.

            Green added that demolition work has been completed with ductwork, sprinkler piping, plumbing, electrical and metal stud wall work taking place on the second floor. He said shingle roofing has been completed, with sloping roof areas on hold due to weather.

            According to school officials, it would cost $3 million to renovate the existing administrative offices, while the price tag for Beach’s renovation is $2 million. “If we didn’t do something, it would have been razed,” commented Superintendent Michael Shoaf.

            Green said construction documents for the high school are 95 percent completed, and will be presented to the board in April.  Shoaf had said in a previous report that the Detroit Road entrance to the building will be re-emphasized, and the student entrance redone to provide a better flow of traffic. The present cafeteria will be expanded into the library to form a student commons, and a representative of Burt, Hill Inc, provided samples of materials to be used.

            Other major additions to the high school include 8 new science rooms on two floors and an expanded music wing. Shoaf said that during this construction, music classes would be held on the stage. “I see the music program as growing. Clearly we are going to make changes in the music teacher schedules to keep them at the high school,” Shoaf remarked earlier referring to the fact that presently, some teachers are shared among buildings.

            Work on the high school track and stadium parking lot will begin in June, and the asbestos update looks favorable, according to Green who added that significant work would be done on the boilers.

            The board approved the design development documents for Kensington with Burt, Hill, and construction documents are expected to be approved by the board in April. Green reported that the design for Goldwood is on hold until the high school is approved.

            Shoaf said that as much work as possible will be done outside the school year at the elementary schools, but the at the high school he said, “There will be a three year span where we are going to have to be very thoughtful.”



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