If you have been driving by the construction site of the new Perham High School building, you’ve likely seen something new every day since construction began. The structure continues to change and grow as the days get colder and darker.
Construction on the new high school facility started this spring and is expected to be complete in July 2018. It will give the district just enough time to get settled in before school begins for the 2018-19 school year.
According to Superintendent Mitch Anderson, “As we near the midway point of construction, the most frequently asked questions revolve around budget and timelines. I’m happy to report that we are sitting confidently in both areas. The project is at budget, and the timeline for occupancy have not been altered.”
Since the last update in late August, many items on the construction checklist have been started including brickwork, roofing, concrete flooring, and more. The exterior is in it’s final stages of being closed up for winter, where they will then begin the interior work.
One of the first things you may notice is that the exterior brickwork has begun. The bricks are inching their way up the walls, and are about 25% complete. The darker bricks were custom mixed to match the darker red detail bricks on the Prairie Wind Middle School building. Coordinating the color schemes of each of the schools was done in an effort to tie the campus together. Once completed, all of the schools for ISD #549 will be located on one campus for the first time in over 25 years.
“The original Community Task Force identified a number of core beliefs, and a “campus-like” setting was just one of them,” stated Anderson. “We’ve had an opportunity to see the benefits of bringing the preschool programs under the roof at Heart of the Lakes Elementary, and we anticipate the same benefit by connecting the new high school to the existing middle school. There are some shared shared spaces (Special Education and Music Departments) that will provide a great opportunity for students. Security and increased opportunities to share staff between buildings will also be beneficial.”
There are many other noteworthy updates. Concrete floors have been poured in the majority of the spaces. All load-bearing block walls have been completed, and metal stud walls are being framed up in a number of other areas. Roofing is being installed throughout the facility, as well as structural wood timbers in the great hall. Mechanical and electrical rough ins have begun and will continue throughout the winter.
Construction of the Career Tech Building is underway as well. The facility is on the north side of the high school and has been designed to be a 360 degree manufacturing center. Once completed, it will support the high school capstone program in Career and Technical Education.
What is on the horizon?
The last step to close in the building is installing the glass windows, which started in late November. The main building will be closed in early December, so they can begin on interior building rough-ins and finishes throughout the winter. The Career Tech Building will be closed in late December. Early next spring, the crews will begin parking lot work and landscaping.