In April 2015 voters in the MRH School District passed Proposition K, a $6.1 million bond measure to build new classrooms to address overcrowding at the Early Childhood Center and Elementary School.
This area of our website outlines the projects and progress. Please check back frequently for updates.
Initial Project Overview
|Preliminary site plan for ECC campus.|
Bond Levy: Proposition K includes $6.1 million for projects that will provide $1.75 million for land acquisition, site development and other related costs, and $4.35 million for construction of a new 8-10 new classrooms and educational spaces at the ECC.
Benefits: This plan will provide much-needed space by creating new classrooms and educational spaces and bring the 2nd Grade class back to the Early Childhood Center which would provide the Elementary School six additional classrooms (the current classrooms of the 2nd Grade).
NOTE: See the Feburary 11, 2016 update for new site and project overview.
April 3, 2017 (Construction Site Highlights)
- Five days of rain last week means the sewer work at Laclede Sta. Rd. & Burgess will continue into this week. The goal is for this area to be mostly complete by the end of the week. There will be minimal traffic obstructions while they clean up corner.
- Starting today, several trucks will be dropping steel at the campus. You can't miss the crane that was delivered over the weekend! Ironworkers will begin the steel erection and decking this week for the addition. There should be little traffic interruptions after the first few days of deliveries.
In April 2015, the community approved Proposition K, a $6.1 million bond issue providing money to build additional educational spaces and classrooms, and complete limited renovations at the Early Childhood Center to alleviate overcrowding there and at the Elementary. The preliminary budget was $1.75 million for land acquisition/site development and $4.35 million to cover construction and renovations.
In addition to the Prop K expansion and renovations, the ECC campus had other needs identified in the District’s 2012 Long Range Facilities Plan including a new roof, new/updated HVAC system, security and safety upgrades, and renovations to the classroom wing totaling $4.3 million. As separate projects (Prop K and the Long Range Facilities Plan), the grand total to complete the necessary addition and upgrades totaled over $10.4 million.
The Board and administration, in discussion with the architects and construction manager, realized that with proper design and financial planning, both the goals of the Long Range
Facilities Plan and Prop K could be achieved in one project. In the spring of 2016, an updated plan was presented at two community forums. The new enhanced and cost-savings plan calls for $1.0 million in land acquisition and $7.9 million for nine+ new classrooms, a multipurpose area, and renovations to the entire classroom wing totaling $8.9 million. The new plan will save nearly $1.5 million by completing both projects simultaneously.
Benefits of the new, combined plan:
- More efficient use of existing space and renovation of all classroom areas
- Long-term cost savings of $1.5 million by completing the entire building as one project. The added upfront costs will be covered by leasehold revenue bonds
- Nine new classrooms and intervention spaces, plus a large multi-purposes space
- Additional student bathrooms
- Enhanced safety (one entrance, updated fire systems, additional sidewalks)
- Additional parking spaces and longer queuing lanes for drop-off and pick-up
- Smaller scale of building to better fit in the residential neighborhood
- More green space for students
- Maintain WPA stone staircase from parking lot to Burgess
Work began in the summer of 2016 on the new parking lot area (the former Volvo property) and construction of the new addition will start in the fall. During the summer of 2017 the classroom wing renovations will be completed along with the final road enhancements. The projects are currently slated for completion in August 2017 at which time the second grade classrooms will permanently move from the Elementary to the ECC.
October 29, 2015
S.M. Wilson Selected as Construction Manager for New Preschool
Site preparation and design work continues with construction on the new building scheduled to begin in April 2016.
MRH has chosen S.M. Wilson & Co. as its construction manager for the new Early Childhood Center Preschool and to retrofit the District’s current preschool space into kindergarten classrooms. The overall $6.1 million project (including land acquisition and site development) also includes construction of a new 75-space parking lot and a new city street to enhance safety with a turnaround to access the parking lot.
The new two-story building will feature eight-ten homeroom classrooms, atelier classrooms, and space for Parents as Teachers activities. It will be built on the current ECC parking lot at 2801 Oakland Avenue in Maplewood. The project will include approximately 15,000 square feet of new and retrofitted educational space.
S. M. Wilson will provide Pre-Construction and Construction Management services, and Bond Architects is the project’s architect. Site preparation and design work is underway now, and construction on the new building is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and be completed in late summer 2017.
This is the fifth building project S. M. Wilson has handled for the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District since 2001. Most recently the company completed a $3.7 million program of renovations to the high school and the Early Childhood Center. Headquartered in St. Louis, S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The company ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2015 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide.
Four companies submitted proposals, three were then interviewed, and members of the District’s Building Advisory Committee then chose S.M. Wilson. Their recommendation was brought to the Board of Education who approved the contract.
For more information, call (314) 644-4400.