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Construction Update – May 2019

Below is a May 2019 update on Phase II of our construction projects. Below is an update on recently completed areas, ongoing construction, and summer 2019 projects.

RECENTLY RENOVATED AND COMPLETED AREAS

  • Varsity and Junior varsity locker rooms (formerly high school kitchen area)
JV Locker Room
Varsity Locker Room
  • Weight and cardio (formerly high school cafeteria)

CURRENT ONGOING CONSTRUCTION

New High School Main Entrance (to be completed end of December 2019)

  • Structural steel is 99% complete
  • Roofing is 25% complete
  • Underground plumbing and electrical is complete
  • 80% of the concreate floors is complete
  • Above ceiling electrical, mechanical and plumbing has started
  • Load barring masonry walls are complete
  • Non load barring walls are 75% complete
  • Courtyard brick complete
  • Interior Metals Stud Framing Walls has started 
  • Coming Weeks/Months: glass windows and metal panel installation


North Gym (to be completed end of December 2019)

North Gym
  • Demolition of gym stage and lower locker rooms has began
  • Installation of learning stairs and Fan Stand


PE Locker Rooms (north side of main gym)

  • Demolition is complete
  • Underground plumbing is complete
  • Coming Weeks: Concrete floors and masonry walls will begin

Classroom Renovations (C Hallway)

  • Demolition is complete
  • Metal stud framing walls is 90% complete
  • Mechanical and electrical rough-in work has started
  • Coming Weeks: Drywall, painting, ceiling

Fitness Room (Old Weight Room)

  • Demolition is complete
  • Above Ceiling Rough-in has started
  • Coming Weeks: Paint and wood flooring

SUMMER 2019 CONSTRUCTION

Above listed projects ongoing through the summer

Science (D Hallway)

  • Renovate 10 classrooms, offices and storage
  • New flooring, lighting, ceilings, paint, cabinets, mechanical, lockers, electrical, sprinkler system, fire alarms 

New Science Wing

  • Installation of hallway carpet

Old High School Main Office

  • Demolition and remodel
  • New metal stud framing for 8 new classrooms and teacher collaboration room

North Stairwell

  • Remodel: ceiling, paint, hand rails and flooring

New Mechanical Room (across from 2nd floor wrestling room)

  • All new mechanical equipment that will provide heating and cooling, to new weight room, locker rooms, and south main gym

Exterior Improvements

  • The ring road on the west end will receive new concrete, curb and gutters, asphalt and pavement, new sidewalks, light polls, landscaping. To be complete in August 2019 

Hallway Renovation and Improvements

  • Main hallways will be renovated
  • Hallway intersection by old school to be widened

Family Consumer Science Rooms

  • 100% remodel: New flooring, lighting, ceilings, paint, cabinets, mechanical, electrical, sprinkler system, fire alarms 

Arts/Ceramics/Digital Arts/Business

  • Remodel: lighting, ceilings, paint, cabinets, mechanical, electrical, sprinkler system, fire alarms

College Community Schools to Host Facilities Open Houses for the Community

Celebrate Completion of Phase I at Prairie High School

The College Community School District is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a morning and evening community open house. The open house will showcase recently completed projects as part of Phase I of the $49.5 million generated by the bond to add classroom space, improve safety and security, reduce operational costs, and increase community access at both Prairie High School and our three oldest elementary schools.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSES
November 5 from 7:30 am – 9:30 am
November 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Phase I included the following additions at Prairie High School:

  • Cafeteria
  • Science Rooms
  • Instrumental and Vocal Classrooms and Rehearsal Spaces
  • Varsity Locker Room
  • Concessions

Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler, Prairie High School Principal Erik Anderson, as well as representatives from OPN Architects will be available to answer questions about the new additions as you tour our new facilities. Students will also be available to assist with tours and share their experiences in our new spaces.

Phase II work has already begun at Prairie High School. Elementary improvements will begin in the summer of 2019.

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Facilities Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss Projects and Growth


The Facilities Advisory Committee met Wednesday, September 26 to receive an update and tour of our recently completed projects.  Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler provided the committee with a summary of our completed projects at Prairie High School as part of phase I of the $49.5 million generated by the bond to add classroom space, improve safety and security, reduce operational costs, and increase community access.

Dr. Wheeler also provided a project preview for 2018-2020 which includes a new high school entrance, additional classrooms, remodeling, locker rooms and improvements at our three oldest elementary buildings. Elementary improvements will begin in the summer of 2019.

The facilities committee, which consists of parents, teachers and administrators, spent 17 months studying district facility needs prior to the February 2, 2016 bond vote. The committee studied enrollment data, county population growth and reviewed the needs of each school building.

“The facilities committee has played a vital role in addressing the most critical needs of our district as we address growth and appropriate learning spaces for our students,” said Dr. Wheeler.  “We will continue to revisit and reaffirm the 10 year facilities plan as we grow in enrollment and respond to local and state economic conditions.”

College Community is now the 15th largest school district in Iowa and continues to be one of the fasted growing. Our enrollment is approximately 5,800 students, Pre-K through 12th grade. The district has experienced more than 33% growth over the last 10 years.

Click here to find Dr. Wheeler’s comprehensive entry plan.

April 2018 Construction Update

Below is a April 2018 update on our construction projects. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.

CAFETERIA

  • Exterior metal framing is ongoing and 95% complete.
  • The roof is 99% complete
  • Kitchen Flooring tile has been installed
  • Servery wall tile installation has started
  • Terrazzo flooring installation is completed in the servery area
  • Dry wall installation is complete in the server and kitchen areas
  • Painting continues with 70% completion
  • Kitchen food service equipment is currently being installed
  • Servery food service equipment will be installed in May
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing finishes is ongoing
  • Walk in coolers and freezers have been installed
  • Ceiling installation In the cafeteria area has begun
  • Terrazzo flooring installation in the cafeteria to start in late June
  • Installation for metal panels on the east exterior canopy will begin in late May
  • Cafeteria windows on the east side will be installed in May

Exterior View of the Cafeteria

Interior View of the Student Dining Area

Student Food Stations

Kitchen Food Service Equipment Being Installed

SCIENCE WING

  • Finish work (painting, sealing, flooring, cabinets, lighting) has begun and will continue through April. Approximately 90% complete
  • Window installation is 100% complete
  • Exterior doors to be installed in May
  • VCT flooring has been completed
  • Painting work is 90% complete
  • Ceiling grid is 90% complete
  • The science wing is on target to be completed in June.

Science Room

Science Room

Shared Teacher Collaboration Space

Science Hallway Looking into the Existing High School

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • Band Area:
  • Painting work has started with 80% completion.
  • Installing doors and frames is ongoing. .
  • Exterior brick is 100% complete.
  • Cabinet installation is 95% complete
  • Ceiling work is 50% complete.
  • Sound proof folding partitions been installed
  • Flooring installation to begin in early May
  • Window frames have been installed
  • Acoustical wall paneling installation has begun.
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 90% complete.
  • Wood cloud ceiling installation to begin in May

Acoustical Wall Paneling Installation

Band Office

Practice Room

View of Band Room from the 2nd Floor

  • Choir Area:
  • Painting work has started with 80% complete.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in 95% complete.
  • Flooring installation to begin in early May
  • Window frames have been installed
  • Acoustical wall paneling installation to begin in May
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 90% complete.
  • Wood dance flooring to be installed in the mirror room in June
  • Carpet installation to begin in May

Mirror Room

Choir Room

Practice Rooms – Door Installation

Choir Office

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • Ceiling installation 100% complete.
  • Finish work is ongoing
  • Lockers have been installed
  • Locker room painting work is 95% complete
  • Flooring installation is complete
  • Ceiling installation is 100% complete

Varsity Locker Room Being Painted

Varsity Locker Room

Tile Work in Varsity Restroom

CONCESSIONS

  • Walk in cooler has been installed
  • Finish work is ongoing
  • On target to be completed by June

Hallway View of Concessions Area

Walk-In Cooler in Concession Area

Construction Update – March 2018

Below is a February 2018 update on our construction projects. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.

CAFETERIA

  • All concrete been poured and are 100% complete.
  • Exterior metal framing is ongoing and 85% complete.
  • The roof is 98% complete
  • Tile installation has begun and will continue through June.
  • Terrazzo flooring installation to begin in early April.
  • Dry wall installation has begun.
  • Painting has begun.
  • Food service equipment will start installation in April.
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing finishes has begun.

Dining Area

Student Food Stations

Kitchen

SCIENCE WING

  • Exterior brick work is 100% complete.
  • Finish work (painting, sealing, flooring, cabinets, lighting) has begun and will continue through April.
  • Windows have been installed.
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing rough-ins are all to be completed in March for Science equipment.
  • The science wing is on target to be completed by the end of May.

View Looking west at the Science Addition

Science Addition Hallway

Inside Look at One of the Science Rooms

Inside the Science Hallway Looking into the Court Yard

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • BAND AREA:
    Painting work has started with 80% completion.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) is 100% complete.
  • Metal stud framing work is 95% complete.
  • Interior non-load bearing walls are 100% complete.
  • Installing doors and frames is ongoing. .
  • Exterior brick is 70% complete.
  • Cabinets have been delivered with installation to start in April.
  • Ceiling work is 50% complete.
  • In April the following work will begin: Flooring, folding patrician panels, lighting, ceiling, windows, metal panels, and acoustical wall paneling.
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 60% complete.

    View of Band Room from Second Floor

    Sound Proof Partition

    Instrument Storage Area

Preparing to Hang acoustical Ceiling Panels

  • CHOIR AREA:
  • Painting work has started with 80% complete.
  • Metal stud framing wall work is 100% complete.
  • Tiling work in the bathrooms is 100% complete.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work is 95% complete.
  • In April the following work will begin: Flooring, lighting, ceiling, windows, and acoustical wall paneling.
  • 13 practice and ensemble rooms are 60% complete.

Choir Room

Mirror Room

Practice and Ensemble Rooms

Installing Exterior Brick on the Choir Addition

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • Painting and tile work is 100% complete.
  • Ceiling installation 90% complete.
  • Finish work has started with expected in May.
  • Built and poured benches for the locker to sit at.
  • In April the following work will begin: Flooring, lighting, ceiling,
  • Plumbing finishes for showers and bathrooms start in April.
  • Ceramic tile work is 90% complete.
  • Concessions area will have their walk in cooler and counter tops installed in April.

Varsity Locker Room

Varsity Locker Room Being Painted

Hallway View of Concessions Stand that Connects to the Main Hallway

SPRING BREAK CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
The following work took place over spring break. The work included:

  • Relocation of the high school administrative offices (moving to guidance area has been completed
  • Demolition of the high school main office area is complete to prepare for a new high school entrance addition.
  • The IT office near the high school library will be relocated for demolition to take place.
  • Removing high school bleachers in the south gym to prepare for new bleacher installation in the summer.

High School Office Demolition

Removing Current Bleachers in Main Gym

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February 2018 Construction Update

FEBRUARY 2018 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Below is a February 2018 update on our construction projects. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.  Click on our Construction Central site for the most updated information.

CAFETERIA

  • The masons continue to work on load-bearing walls – 100% complete.
  • The masons are also working on interior non load-bearing walls – 100% complete
  • Work continues setting structural steel columns – 100% complete.
  • Work continues on prepping the floors for concrete. 90% complete.
  • Masonry walls are complete.
  • North and south brick work is complete.
  • Exterior metal framing is ongoing.
  • The roof is 75% complete
  • Tile installation to begin in March
  • Terrazzo flooring installation to begin in March
  • Metal stud interior framing and walls is completed with dry walling to follow.
  • In the coming weeks will be pouring a concrete floor.

East View of the Cafeteria

Interior View of the Cafeteria

Interior View of the Kitchen

SCIENCE WING

  • Masons have completed 100% of load bearing walls.
  • 100% of the floors have been poured.
  • The addition is 100% closed.
  • Roof work is 100% complete.
  • Exterior brick work is 75% complete.
  • Will start finish work in March (painting, sealing, cabinet work)

Stairs Leading to Science Wing from Fine Arts Area

Science Wing Hallway

Science Classroom 

Science Classroom

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • Band Area:
  • Painting work has started with 50% completion.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) is 90% complete.
  • Metal stud framing work is ongoing.
  • Interior non-load bearing walls are 100% complete.
  • Starting to install ceilings.
  • Installing doors and frames.
  • Exterior brick will begin as weather permits.

Band Room View from 2nd Floor

Instrument Storage Room

Band Room

  • Choir Area:
  • Painting work has started with 40% complete.
  • Metal stud framing walls work is ongoing.
  • Tiling work in the bathrooms will begin.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work is 90% complete.
  • Starting to install ceilings.

Choir Room

Mirror Room

Second Floor Practice Rooms

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work is 100% complete.
  • Painting and tile work is 90% complete.
  • Terrazzo flooring is 100% complete in the hallway.
  • Ceiling installation has begun.
  • Finish work to begin will completion expected in May.

View of Concessions Area with View into New Cafeteria

Interior View of the Concessions Area

Varsity Locker Room

Varsity Locker Room Restroom


SPRING BREAK CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Larson is starting to plan and schedule the following work that will take place over spring break. Work includes:

  • Relocation of the high school administrative offices (moving to guidance area
  • Will start demolition of the high school main office area to prepare as they prepare for a new high school entrance addition.
  • The IT office near the high school library will be relocated for demolition to take place.
  • Removing high school bleachers in the south gym to prepare for new bleacher installation in the summer.

January 2018 Construction Update – An Inside Look

Below is an update on our construction projects for January 2018. The photos below will take an inside look at the progress being made during Phase I. Phase I work is currently on schedule to be completed for the 2018-2019 school year. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.

CAFETERIA

  • Waterproofing and back fill has been completed.
  • Masons continue to work on load-bearing walls – 95% complete.
  • Masons are working on interior non load-bearing walls – 98% complete.
  • Work continues setting structural steel columns – 90% complete.
  • Work continues on prepping the floors for concrete – 75% complete.
  • As the masons continue building more walls, mechanical Electrical and Plumbing will follow – 98% complete.
  • Temperature controlled spaces added.
  • Tile installation to begin in February.
  • Terrazzo flooring installation to begin in February
  • Metal stud framing and walls to be installed in the upcoming weeks.
  • Metal roof decking is complete.
  • Outside brick has started on the north side .

Cafeteria – Ground Floor

Looking into the cafeteria from above.

Front of the cafeteria.

Cafeteria Exterior View.

SCIENCE WING

  • Masons have completed 90% of load bearing walls.
  • 75% of the floors have been poured.
  • Soon as the choir addition has been completed, Larson will then focus on completing the science wing due access.
  • Will work towards enclosing the entire wing through February.

A look from inside the court yard looking west. 

Science Addition

Inside the Science Addition Looking North

Exterior Look at the Science Addition

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • BAND AREA
  • Painting will begin in January.
  • Masons have completed the load bearing and non-load bearing walls.
  • Concrete floors have been poured and completed on the first level and second level.
  • Concrete will be poured for the second level to be completed in early December.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work is ongoing.
  • Metal stud framing work is ongoing.
  • Temperature controlled spaces are 100% complete.
  • Interior non-load bearing walls are 90% complete.

Inside Look at the Band Room Addition

Inside Look at the Band Room Addition Looking North

A View of the Band Room Addition from the Second Floor

Practice Rooms

CHOIR AREA

  • Painting will begin in January.
  • Metal stud framing walls have started.
  • Tiling the bathrooms will begin in February.
  • The masons are have completed installation of load bearing walls.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work is ongoing.
  • Roofing work is now complete.

Choir Room Addition

Mirror Room – Choir Room Addition

Second Floor Hallway Leading to Practice Rooms – Choir Room Addition

Exterior Look at the Choir Addition Looking North from the Court Yard

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • Exterior brick work has been completed.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work is ongoing.
  • Painting and tile work will begin in February.

New Concessions Area Located at the Very South End of the Main HS Hallway

Inside Look at the Concessions Addition

Varsity Locker Room Addition

Exterior Look at the Varsity Locker Room and Concessions Addition

 

December 2017 Construction Update

Below is an update on our construction projects for December 2017. Phase I work is currently on schedule to be completed for the 2018-2019 school year. Phase I work includes a new cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions additions.

CAFETERIA

  • Waterproofing and backfill will be completed in early December.
  • The masons continue to work on load-bearing walls – 80% complete.
  • The masons are also working on interior non load-bearing walls.
  • Work continues setting structural steel columns – 70% complete.
  • Work continues on prepping the floors for concrete.
  • As the masons continue building more walls, mechanical Electrical and Plumbing will follow – 80% complete.
  • Core deck (Precast Concrete Slabs) complete.
  • Poured second level floors.
  • Temporary enclosures and heating has been added for winter months.

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

SCIENCE WING

  • Masons have completed 75% of load bearing walls.
  • 75% of the floors have been poured.
  • Soon as the choir addition has been completed, Larson will then focus on completing the science wing due access.

Science Wing Addition

Science Wing Addition

Science Wing Addition

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • BAND ADDITION:
  • The masons have completed approximately 95% of the load bearing and non-load bearing walls.
  • The roof has been installed and completed.
  • Metal decking work has been completed.
  • Concrete floors have been poured and completed on the first level.
  • Concrete will be poured for the second level to be completed in early December.
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work has started.
  • Metal stud framing has started.
  • Temporary closures and heating has started so that work can continue into the winter month.
  • Interior non-load bearing walls are being built.

Band Addition

Band Addition

Band Addition

  •  CHOIR ADDITION:
  • The masons are continuing with load bearing and non-load bearing walls – 90% complete.
  • The pouring of the floors has been completed.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work continues.
  • Roofing work is 45% complete.
  • Temporary closures and heating has started so that work can continue into the winter month.

Choir Addition

Choir Addition

Choir Addition

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • Work on non-load bearing walls has been completed
  • Work to install exterior brick continues
  • Above ceiling rough-ins (duct work, electrical, plumbing) work has started.

Varsity Locker Room and Concessions Addition

November 2017 Construction Update

NOVEMBER 2017 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Below is an update on our construction projects for November 2017. Phase I work includes a cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions.

CAFETERIA

  • Waterproofing and back fill will be completed in early December
  • The masons continue to work on load-bearing walls
  • The masons are also working on interior non load-bearing walls
  • Work continues setting structural steel columns
  • Work continues on prepping the floors for concrete
  • All Electrical and Underground Rough ins are complete
  • As the masons continue building more walls, mechanical Electrical and Plumbing will follow
  • Starting to set core deck (Precast Concrete Slabs)

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

SCIENCE WING

  • Work on the science wing is temporally on hold due to construction access into the choir wing
  • Masons have completed 75% of load bearing walls
  • Laying of the one course of block work is complete

Science Addition

Science Addition

Science Addition

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • Band Area: The masons have completed approximately 90% of the load bearing and non-load bearing walls
  • Setting structural steel columns and beams have been completed
  • Joists and trusses are completed
  • Setting metal decking work to be completed in November
  • Roofing work will begin the week of November 13.
  • 95% of prepping and pouring of the floors is complete
  • Choir Area:  Setting structural steel columns and beams have been completed
  • Masons continuing with load bearing and non-load bearing walls
  • 95% of prepping and pouring of the floors is complete
  • Mechanical ,Electrical, and Pluming rough-in continues
  • Roofing work will begin the last week of November

Band Addition

Band Addition

Band Addition

Choir Addition

Choir Addition

Choir Addition

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • The roof has been completed and installed
  • Joists and decking is complete
  • Concrete floors have been completed
  • Currently working on non-load bearing walls
  • Work to install exterior brick has began

Locker and Concessions Addition

October 2017 Construction Update

OCTOBER 2017 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Construction is in full force as Phase I projects continue. Below is a construction update for October 2017. The contractor indicated that they are hoping to have a roof on all additions excluding the cafeteria by the end of November.

Phase I of construction projects. Phase I work includes a cafeteria, science wing, band and choir rooms, varsity locker room and concessions.

CAFETERIA

  • Footings and foundation work are complete
  • Underground plumbing rough-in work is complete
  • Pouring concrete foundation walls is complete
  • Waterproofing, drainage tile is completed at this point of the project
  • The masons continue to work on load-bearing walls
  • The masons are also working on interior non load-bearing walls
  • Starting to set structural steel columns
  • Starting to prep the floors for concrete
  • Plumbing and electrical rough-in for kitchen equipment has started and will continue for the next month

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

SCIENCE WING

  • Footings and foundation work is complete
  • Will start pouring the floors in 4 weeks
  • Underground plumbing and rough-in work is complete
  • Masons are working on load bearing walls
  • Will start laying one course of block to allow the contractor to start pouring concrete floors

Science Wing

Science Wing

Science Wing

BAND-CHOIR ADDITIONS

  • Band Area: The masons are continuing with load bearing and non-load bearing walls
  • Setting structural steel columns and beams
  • Erecting joists and trusses
  • Setting metal decking
  • Continue to prep floors for concrete
  • Choir Area: Structural steel columns and beams are being erected
  • The masons are continuing with load bearing and non-load bearing walls
  • Continue to prep floors for concrete

Band Addition

Band Addition

Choir Addition

Choir Addition

LOCKER/CONCESSIONS ADDITION

  • The roof is 90 percent complete
  • Joists and decking is 90 percent complete
  • Concrete floors are 90% complete
  • Load-bearing walls are complete
  • Currently working on non-load bearing walls
  • Installing exterior bring in November

Varsity Locker and Concessions Addition