McAuliffe STEM Academy Design Advisory Group Update
McAuliffe STEM Academy K-8 is the first school to undergo a major renovation through the 2019 bond issue. McAuliffe, previously an elementary school, became a K-8 school in 2016, and the enrollment of the school has grown significantly. The school is currently about 450 students over capacity, and many classes are being taught in portable, temporary buildings. The cafeteria is inadequate to serve all students, and the gymnasium is too small for middle school sports.
This project will include a large, approximately 50,000 square foot addition to the school, a new gymnasium, an addition to the cafeteria, a safe and secure entry and other renovations to the interior of the school. Work will also be done to improve the traffic flow at the school and increase the number of parking spaces.
A Design Advisory Group made up of McAuliffe staff, parents and students, as well as a few district-level members, held its first meeting March 3, 2020, and will continue meeting regularly throughout the school year.
The Cunningham Group, www.cunningham.com, is the architect hired to design this project. Sampson Construction is the general contractor for the project, www.sampson-construction.com. RLH Engineering, www.rlhengineering.com is the owner’s representative hired by District 6 to help manage this project. All these contractors were hired through a competitive bidding process.
Work is scheduled to begin in McAuliffe in the summer of 2020. Check back here for regular updates!