Facilities Design & Construction

Graphic: Facilities Community Open House September 20, 6-7:30 pm, Henry Sibley High SchoolOn May 8, residents voted to allow West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) to issue building bonds for additions, renovations and repairs at all elementary and middle schools and the high school. The bond proceeds will be used to:

- Conduct building and mechanical maintenance 
- Modernize outdated classrooms and educational spaces
- Improve fine arts and athletics spaces
- Address handicapped accessibility & parking lot safety

Like most construction projects of this size, the District is planning a multi-year, phased approach for all improvements and repairs.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE (information available to date)

Chart showing design and construction phases by school and season from 2018 to 2021



PHASE 1 - DESIGN
In the design phase, stakeholder sub-committees at each school will collaborate with architects to further develop plans for their building.  At the same time, focus groups of stakeholders will discuss design plans for defined areas within the elementary schools, middle schools and high school, across secondary grade levels (5-12), or cover district-wide programs/facilities. 

Sub-committees and focus groups work independently, however there will be overlap in the content of their discussions. All groups will work to assure the priorities established by the Facilities Task Force in 2017 are maintained, and that designs address the needs and concerns of the school(s), program or activity.

In order to ensure a smooth process, account for summer programming needs, etc. schools will complete the design process in two groups.


Group #1 - Summer 2018 (May-August): Garlough, Moreland, Pilot Knob, Friendly Hills and Henry Sibley
Group #2 - Fall 2018 (September-December): Mendota, Somerset and Heritage


PHASE 2 - CONSTRUCTION
The construction phase will take approximately three years to complete. Some smaller projects may begin in the summer of 2018, but most schools will see construction start during the 2018-2019 school year or the summer of 2019. Larger projects could take multiple years to complete. More information on construction schedules will be available as the final designs are developed.

UPDATES AND FEEDBACK
The school board and administration are committed to providing the community with periodic updates regarding the design and construction phases. Please continue to check this website for new information and updates.

An information open house for the community to share a progress report on design and construction is scheduled for September 20, 2018 at Henry Sibley High School from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees will hear updates on the work that has been done since the Bond Referendum was approved in May and can ask questions. Visitors can come anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Construction and design updates will also be shared at school board meetings. Please check the agenda 
to confirm prior to the meeting using the link above. Past board presentations are available below. Upcoming board meeting dates :
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 5
December 3

If you have a comment regarding facility design or construction, please feel free to contact us using our online form: https://goo.gl/forms/CpJX0qv26sLwxn7k2

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