Construction Update

SD81's Weekly report - August 29, 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 August 26, 2022. (Washington Pictures are from August 24)

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

Demolition of Old Washington School & New Site Work

As of August 26th:

  • Main parking lot has been poured and striped and is in use.
  • Landscaping around the property is in progress.
  • Fencing has been constructed around the school.

Open House for the new Washington School has been set for Saturday, September 10, 2022.

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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 August 26:

  • Grading for the turf field continues.
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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.

As of August 26:

  • Deck installation and pathway of rooftop are complete
  • Door is framed, slabs and door handle have been installed
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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 by October of 2022, with no disruption to learning.

As of August 26:

  • Finished closing off the construction zone from the school
  • Electricians ran power to new RTU unit
  • Flooring was repaired in the hallway at the plumbing repair
  • Carpenters framed and sheathed all exterior walls
  • Carpenters began framing storage area
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