You still have to know where to look on campus to see evidence of construction progress, but that will soon change. For the last few weeks, crews have been working on asbestos abatement in parts of the building that will be torn down. Once that process is complete, demolition can begin.
As you may have heard, the projected cost of the project now exceeds the $89 million that has been allocated for it. At last week’s PTSO meeting, MNPS construction director David Proffitt, school board member Mary Pierce, and Metro council member Russ Pulley updated the community on the situation and discussed some possible ways to address the funding gap. Meanwhile, the project remains on schedule, according to MNPS officials, and work can continue while the district and city work through the financial issues.
A golden shovel ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, heralded the transition from the design and planning stages of Hillsboro’s $89 million campus rebuilding project to the construction phase. Speakers included Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph, School Board Representative Mary Pierce, Council Member Russ Pulley, and Dr. Pelham. Hillsboro sophomore Linh Pham offered a student perspective, and the marching band entertained the crowd gathered on the front lawn. Among those in attendance were U.S. Representative Jim Cooper and four former Hillsboro principals.
More coverage from the MNPS Children First blog below.
— Save the date: Mayor Megan Barry, Councilperson Russ Pulley, School Board Member Mary Pierce, and other dignitaries will be on hand for the official groundbreaking ceremony on August 23 at 11 AM. More details will be forthcoming, but we encourage all Burros–past, present, and future–to make plans to attend.
— Crews have been busy over the summer turning the former Tools for Schools space into temporary classrooms. By utilizing existing space creatively, there will be no need to move students into portables during construction.
Last Wednesday, February 15, architect Anna Roberts-Tettleton presented an update on planning for the upcoming campus reconstruction project.
The latest site plan (see above) is substantially the same as earlier versions. There have been some modifications to parking and traffic flow in the front resulting from the decision to relocate the main office to an addition on the southwest corner of the gym and to eliminate all but one curb cut along Hillsboro Road.
This rendering shows the new main office/admin area on the front side of the existing gym. The four-story addition is visible at the rear. The historic elevation along Hillsboro Road will be restored with all-new energy-efficient windows.
Here you can see how the four-story addition connects with the original building, on the left, and the parking deck/practice field, on the right. Burro Boulevard, the road running through the middle of campus, will be blocked to through traffic during the school day.
Construction is still expected to begin this summer, with students remaining in areas not under construction throughout (no portables!). Although the entire project is expected to take 32 months to complete, some phases, including the four-story addition, should be ready during the 2018-19 school year.
On February 15, 2017, school board member Mary Pierce and Metro council member Russ Pulley will host a meeting to update cluster families and the community on the status of Hillsboro’s $80 million campus reconstruction project. Representatives from the Metro Schools Facilities Planning and Construction team and the project architects will be on hand to detail the plans and answer questions. The meeting will take place at 6:00PM in the school library.
On Tuesday night, the Metro Council approved Mayor Megan Barry’s $475 million capital spending plan for fiscal year 2016–17, which includes $40 million to begin work on a massive project to rework and modernize Hillsboro’s 28-acre Green Hills campus. With funding now in place, project architect ARTifice can begin finalizing the design. Conceptual drawings presented earlier this year after a series of community charettes show a 4-story addition behind the completely renovated and reconfigured 1954 main building, a new stadium and athletic fields, and improved parking and circulation. Construction is expected to begin next year.