Middle School projects are under way, on time

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It's shaping up to be a busy summer at Steamboat Springs Middle School, where multiple improvement projects are under way and on schedule, according to Steamboat Springs School Dist-rict Facilities Director Rick Denney.

At the top of the list of improvements is a $1.6 million expansion project, which was approved earlier this year by the Education Fund Board. The Fund Board, which allocates revenue from the city's half-cent sales tax, is providing the funds for the project.

The project will add about 8,700 square feet of space to the school, including six classrooms.

The additional space is needed to establish pods for each grade level and to foster a true middle school environment, school officials and members of the Fund Board's Capital Commission said when requesting money for the project.

According to the commission's rationale for the project, as presented to the Fund Board in February, the pods will foster better communication among teachers and make it easier to integrate core classes, among other things. Resource teachers will be located in the same area of the school as their students.

Holmquist-Lorenz Construct-ion is the general contractor and construction manager for the project, Denney said. Workers are in the process of pouring concrete for foundation walls, he said.

Denney said the project is on schedule and within budget, with a completion date set for next summer. The structure is scheduled to be completed in January or February 2004, Denney said. Several more months are needed to complete landscaping.

Workers also will install a new fire alarm system throughout the school, Denney said. The current system is the original system, installed during the school's construction in the early 1980s, Denney said.

Also under way is renovation of the school's football and soccer field. Crews are working to fill low areas of the field in order to improve drainage. Topsoil, sod and seed are being applied to certain areas of the field, Denney said.


-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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