Construction Update

SD81's Weekly report - July 25, 2022

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Construction in SD81

This summer District 81 has four major construction projects in progress. Below is a summary of the work being completed and a weekly progress update.


A recent and continued quarry strike has affected District 81's completion timeline for the below projects, specifically at Washington and Lincoln Middle School. The strike affects availability of concrete and stone, which will most likely cause delays of the water retention work at Washington and Lincoln, and the site work at Washington. The District has no indication on when the strike will end. We will keep our community updated.
All photos and information are as of July 22, 2022

(Photos of LMS curtain wall project and Kennedy courtyard provided by Tandem Construction)

Demolition of Old Washington School & New Site Work

As of July 22, the storm trap system has been installed and the vacant land has been infilled.

Grass around the new building has grown in.

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Storm Water Retention at Lincoln Middle School

Adding a stormwater retention system will alleviate flooding and erosion of the Lincoln Middle School fields. The large chambers (pictured below)are installed underground, and temporarily store runoff water before releasing it at a controlled rate. This work is necessary in order for the fields to be used as intended, for sports and outdoor activities. The project is being funded through American Rescue Plan - ESSER 3 grant funds.

As of July 22, the storm traps are installed and have been covered. Work continues on the sewer system.

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Curtain Wall Repair at Lincoln Middle School

Repairing the curtain wall is necessary to address leaks that have been occurring consistently within the middle school. A new wall is being installed and will be sealed tight to prevent future leaks. The project is also being funded through the American Rescue Plan - ESSER 3 grant funding. Completion date of the project is the week of August 12th.

As of July 22, the glass windows have been installed. Ongoing work includes caulking and and exterior trims. The curtainwall is 99% complete.

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Courtyard Enclosure at Kennedy School

The courtyard will be enclosed to provide additional instructional and large-motor space at Kennedy School. The project is being funded through the American Rescue Plan - ESSER 2 and 3 grant funding. The majority of the work will be completed the week of August 12th. Finish work will be completed in October of 2022, with no disruption to learning.

As of July 22, the steel was delivered, and the main steel structure was set by a crane. The roof beams are set, and rods in between beams have been installed. Welding is in progress.

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