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Capital Projects Update: STEM lab, addition at Support Services

Students programming robots

 

 

When Lakewood Middle School students returned to in-person learning last year, they came back to a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab with 3D printers, laser printers, two classrooms, and wood-working equipment.


To make space for the new classrooms and our growing student population, the district is relocating support staff who were working in that space to an addition at the Support Services Center, where the Transportation Department is located.

 

Exterior of addition under constructionConstruction on a 2,100-square-foot addition at the Support Services Center began in May 2021 and is expected to be complete in late spring. During construction, employees are utilizing one of the bus bays. 

 

Both projects were funded by state School Construction Assistance Program funds. 

 

The district became eligible for $12 million of construction assistance from the state after completing the Lakewood High School construction bond project.

 

As well as spaces for employees, the addition includes a shop so maintenance can do projects, such as welding, on site.

 

Lakewood School District has also applied for a conditional use permit to explore the feasibility of building a central administration building with remaining state funds. This would increase energy efficiency and communication among employees.

 

Currently, employees are spread out among four small buildings without any group meeting rooms for staff or community use. Three of the buildings were built for other purposes before the property belonged to the school district a century ago in the 1920s. They have a history of leaks and flooding. The fourth building is a leased portable. 

 

The permitting process is expected to take about 12 months, after which time the board will decide whether to move forward with additional planning.