LCC School is building for the future! Much has been accomplished during the past several months through collaborative efforts among our school construction project partners. Architectural designs and construction documents are completed. Subcontractors have been finalized with several local businesses participating in the new school construction project. Initial work focused on utilities preparation has begun as well. The next several weeks as we transition into May, our contractors will begin preparations and staging onsite.
Once school has been dismissed for the year, work will begin on an extensive asbestos removal and abatement process. Early project work will begin on the north and west sides of the Laurel campus including demolition of existing structures and earthwork.
As a specific date becomes clearer for the demolition of the 1922 high school building, the school will publicly communicate information about safe viewing opportunities. Design components within the new school design do incorporate some salvaged brick and precast signage from the 1922 building. We are also working in partnership with the LCC Alumni Association who plan to design and offer commemorative, historical brick displays.
The school construction project will occur in two distinct phases over the next 20 months. Phase 1 focuses primarily on the high school demolition and new construction, including the storm shelter/multipurpose room and the community fitness center. Substantial completion of Phase 1 is targeted for August 2023 and prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Phase 2 addresses the elementary school renovation along with renovation of several interior sections of the building. Phase 2 completion has been identified as December 2023.
A public groundbreaking ceremony to be held prior to the end of the school year is being planned and will include our students (PK-12), faculty and staff members, as well as community patrons. Details and information will be released soon!