South Side Elementary

South Side Elementary
Posted on 10/15/2020

About the project

The South Side Elementary project is a $12.4 million expansion and renovation to meet the capacity needs of our student population and eliminate portable classrooms. The project allowed us to:

  • Build an addition
  • Modernize classrooms and common spaces
  • Update infrastucture
  • Address accessibility and safety issues

What's happening now?

  • Spring-Summer 2018 - The project is in the design phase, which means the project management team is working with District and school staff to envision what the building updates will look like. A community info night was held April 3 and the project management team is reviewing suggestions as the design continues to evolve. Design will continue until the end of 2018.  

  • Fall 2018 - Community info night was held Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 - 7 p.m. to review the latest design plans. Design will continue until the end of 2018. Utility relocation will begin the last week of November. Community members will begin to see work happening on the outside of the building. 

  • December 2018 - March 2019- Two new portable classrooms were brought to the parking lot between South Side and the Mellon Building mid-December. This will allow us to remove the existing portable classroom for utility work and construction of a new service drive. Utility relocation will occur to make way for the new school addition.

  • Spring 2019 - A groundbreaking event was held Thursday, April 4. Construction of the foundation for the new addition to the east is in progress.

  • Summer 2019 - Interior summer 2019 renovations, including new 2nd floor boys and girls restrooms and an activity room are substantially complete. Construction of the building addition has been delayed due to unforeseen soil conditions.  Project team is putting strategies in place for accelerating completion of the addition, allowing for occupancy in January 2020.  Foundations, steel framing, concrete decking, and roof construction continue through Summer 2019. Beginning in Fall 2019, installation of exterior curtain walls and interior framing begin. Fifth grade classes to remain in portables through Fall 2019.

  • Winter 2019-20 Finalizing summer open items in renovated spaces. At the addition, exterior site work, interior insulation, drywall, and ceiling systems continue. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing detail workinterior finishes and equipment installs allowed for occupancy of the addition in January 2020.  Interior renovations of old cafeteria, administrative suite, and 1st grade classrooms begin. 

  • Summer 2020 - Project substantially complete. 

  • Fall 2020 - Finalizing minor open items.  

    An update on all Unit 4 building projects was presented at Referendum Oversight Committee on March 2, 2020. Click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation.  

    What will the changes look like?

    The images below show what the building will look like. The latest presentation to the Board of Education on May 13, 2019, is available by clicking the buttons below.

    Download the PDF Watch the board meeting (2:23:00)(link is external)

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