In 2003, the district adopted a Long Range Master Facilities Plan that envisioned a 10-year program that would result in the rebuilding or renovation of all our schools. Although it's taken a little longer than 10 years, the district is now poised to finish the final phase of construction with the recent passage of our third bond issue for the complete project.
We have already rebuilt or renovated four elementary schools, two middle schools and half of the high school. The third and final phase of the plan will rebuild the unfinished portion of Lakewood High (the east end) and Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementaries.
What is the current status for the final phase of construction?
Our community on Nov. 5, 2013, passed a 3.75 mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy that will now allow the district to receive $50 million in matching funds from the State of Ohio for the $100 million project. Now, the planning is underway.
What happens next?
Architects were recently selected (URS Corp. & GPD Associates). In April, community meetings were held to gather input from the public on the design of the new buildings and to gather comments/concerns about the project as it moves forward. Additional meetings are scheduled for September to examine preliminary footprint plans. Further meetings will be scheduled as architects produce preliminary design plans.
When will construction start?
The tentative timeline for the project is as follows: Abestos abatement of the buildings will begin in October and take approximately 3 months. Demolition is projected to start in January 2015. Architects will be developing the designs during the abatement and demolition process and once the building designs are complete, ground breaking is expected to take place in Spring 2015 for all buildings. Completion for the three elementary schools is expected for Fall 2016 and completion of the high school in Fall 2017.
COMMUNITY MEETING VIDEOS
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to make a suggestion to our design and construction team you can contact the following:
Executive Director of Construction & Operations
Lakewood City Schools
Rodwell King, Lead Architect
Dana Mitchell, Project Manager
Bradford Gellert, Project Principal
Robert Klann, Lead Architect
Sarah Klann, Project Interiors
Robert P. Madison International
Or you may leave a message on our construction hotline: