Construction Update

SD81's Weekly report - August 2, 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 29, 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 29 site work continues, and framing for sidewalks, driveways and curbs have begun. Landscaping continues and we are getting ready for fence installation.

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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 29, work continues on grading, setting storm pipe and catch basins. Preparations are being made to frame curbs and stairs.

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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 29, the remaining glass was installed and final trim and caulk are complete. The roofers have begun removing pavers. Decking was delivered. The next steps are for the marker boards on interior of curtain wall to be installed, an final steel kickers to be 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 in October of 2022, with no disruption to learning.

As of July 29, welding of steel structure is complete, roof joists and decking have been installed. Masons installed the bearing plate and opened up the wall for steel tie in. Masons saw cut openings for new doorways. Carpenters met onsite to review scope. Next steps include the plumbing tie in and roof drain to be roughed in. Carpenters will begin framing exterior walls and window openings at steel structure. Demolition of the windows and openings for access to the courtyard will begin.

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