August 3, 2014

Does your school district have a construction project under way?

Lebanon grade school students can look forward to moving into their new elementary school later this school year.

The new school is one of the larger construction projects under way at metro-east school districts.

"Our staff and kids can't wait to get into that new building," said Patrick Keeney, superintendent of Lebanon Community Unit School District 9. "Our community is very excited about this."

The new $8.1 million school is approximately 50 percent complete, and Keeney expects the district will move in over the winter break in December.

Students would begin attending the new school Jan. 6. The new school is expected to be completed by Dec. 5, Keeney said.

So far, the school is under roof. Keeney said the exterior brick and windows are being installed, and interior walls are being erected.

He estimated 12 different subcontractors including plumbers and electricians are working on the new school simultaneously. The construction manager on the project is Holland Construction, and Ittner Architects designed the building, which will house pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

The school will include 23 classrooms and a multipurpose room, which will serve as a cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium, Keeney said.

Once the current 80-year-old grade school located at 201 W. Schuetz St. is vacated, it will be demolished, according to Keeney.

District 9 has also renovated the entrance way for Lebanon High School and redid the school's parking lots. The cost for both projects -- $268,000, Keeney said.

"It's been needed, and it's definitely a lot safer for our kids," he said.

The high school renovation project is expected to be completed Sept. 1. However, Keeney said the construction won't affect the start of the school year. The contractor on the project is Byrne and Jones Construction of St. Louis.

Mascoutah School District 19 is also constructing a new school -- Wingate Elementary School at 150 Wingate Blvd. in Shiloh.

Superintendent Craig Fiegel said construction has started on the new school, which is slated to be finished no later than August 2015. He estimated the school was between 5 percent and 10 percent complete.

The total cost for the school is $27 million, which includes the land cost, mine remediation, furniture and technology equipment, Fiegel said. The building itself will cost approximately $17 million to construct.

The construction manager on the project is Poettker Construction, and the architect is FGM Architects.

When complete, Fiegel said the three-section school will house between 400 and 450 students.

Other metro-east school districts with construction/renovation projects this summer include:

District: Signal Hill District 181

Project: Asbestos abatement, HVAC, roofing, lighting, ceiling, flooring, electrical and painting in the 1954 portion of the building.

Cost: $1.9 million

Contractors: GRP Mechanical Inc., Talbert Industrial Commercial Services, Environmental Construction

Completion date: Aug. 8

District: Belleville School District 118

Project: Replace two roof sections at Abraham Lincoln School

Cost: $349,498

Contractor: Top Priority Roofing

Completion date: Aug. 1

District: Belleville School District 118

Project: Replace all exterior doors at Abraham Lincoln School

Cost: $89,430

Contractor: Bruce Unterbrink Construction

Completion date: Aug. 1

District: Belleville School District 118

Project: Repair/resurface/reseal parking lot at West Junior High

Cost: $178,800

Contractor: S.B.A. Rooters Ashpalt

Completion date: Aug. 8

District: Belleville School District 118

Project: Replace gym roof at West Junior High

Cost: $166,096

Contractor: Geissler Roofing

Completion date: Aug. 8

District: Belleville School District 118

Project: Replace three HVAC units at Westhaven School

Cost: $113,900

Contractor: Langhauser Sheet Metal

Completion date: Aug. 18

District: Central School District 104

Project: Safety upgrades at Central Elementary School office and Latch Key drop off

Cost: $125,000

Contractor: R&W Builders

Completion date: Aug. 1

District: Central School District 104

Project: Safety upgrades at Joseph Arthur Middle School office

Cost: $158,000

Contractor: R&W Builders

Completion date: Aug. 1

District: Dupo School District 196

Project: High school front entrance renovation

Cost: $90,000

Contractor: Utterbrink Construction

Completion date: Aug. 1

District: O'Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90

Project: New HVAC system at Marie Schaefer Elementary

Cost: $411,000

Contractor: Calhoun Construction

Completion date: Aug. 8

District: Pontiac William Holliday District 105

Project: Repair was done on the gymnasium pillasters this summer. There was deterioration on the columns that required bricks to be cut out and replaced, new aluminum drip edge was also installed on each pilaster and then water repellent was put on.

Cost: $23,700

Contractor: Century Service & Construction Inc

Completion date: July 21

In Madison County, Edwardsville High School is building an aquatic center that will house the only Olympic-sized swimming pool on the Illinois side of the region.

In fact, the 28,960-square-foot facility will only be the second Olympic-sized pool in the entire region. The only other such pool is the St. Peters Rec-Plex, which has been host to the U.S. Olympic diving trials.

The aquatic center will include a 50-meter pool with 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards and eight swimming lanes. It will allow the Edwardsville High School swim club to become a full-fledged team, and a swimming segment will be added to freshman physical education.

The center is set to be completed in the second quarter of the fall semester, and students are already buying or renting district-approved swimwear for their gym classes. Lynda Andre, assistant superintendent who has been named successor to Ed Hightower upon his retirement next year, said there are plans for future swimming electives to be added for upperclassmen.

The aquatic center is funded through a $4 million donation from the family of Charles Fruit and a $1.3 million donation from the EGHM Foundation.

In addition to the EHS project, Lincoln Middle School underwent asbestos removal in the cafeteria, with new flooring installed there and on the second and third floors at a cost of $250,000. The construction plans slated for Columbus Elementary are currently on hold, as the adjacent church property recently purchased by the district is still occupied. The church has three years to vacate the building before demolition and renovations can take place.

Other Madison County school construction projects include:

District: Triad District 2

Project: Triad Middle School replaced its lockers and installed a vestibule for a more secure entrance; replaced windows on both sides of the building; installed new interior doors and a video surveillance system; installed new hallway lighting; replaced the floor in the small gymnasium; and renovated bathrooms and the front office.

Cost: $2.8 million.

District: Highland District 5

Project: Highland High School repaved a parking lot. Highland Middle school repaved a parking lot, rebuilt a driveway and added drainage to storm sewers. New Douglas Elementary School was closed.

Cost: $200,537.

District: Collinsville Unit 10

Project: Collinsville High School replaced 26 gymnasium doors.

Cost: $48,000.

District: Collinsville Unit 10

Project: Vestibules were added or renovated at six elementary schools to provide more secure entrances to the schools.

Cost: $35,000.

District: Madison District 12

Project: Madison Senior High combined buildings with its junior high at 600 Farrish St. Renovations included replacing 20-year-old tile on the kitchen floor; sealing the parking lot; painting exterior doors and installing a public address system with separate bells for high school and middle school populations in their separate wings.

Cost: $33,003.

District: Granite City District 9

Project: Repaved and sealed parking lots and tuckpointing at most schools, either pending or completed. Granite City High School replaced landscaping and its roof replacement will go forward this year pending resolution of insurance claims from hail damage. Restroom upgrades at Frohardt, Maryville, Prather and Wilson elementary scools, with interior renovations and lockers at Wilson and Prather. Early Childhood Center's roof was repaired and it has received new windows, which will have to be installed after school begin.

Cost: Part of a three-year, $6 million construction program paid with a combination of bonds, grants and insurance claims.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 618-239-2562 or Follow her on Twitter at @BND_JForsythe. Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at

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