Reedsburg’s Prairie Ridge Intermediate School is receiving its finishing touches with a completion date set for the beginning of August.
Kraemer Brothers Planning and Productivity Manager Ryan Furhmann said the only items left for construction crews to tackle in the classrooms is applying ceiling tile in each pod, turning on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning components and “commissioning” or verify if the building works properly.
School district staff is scheduled to move in the classroom wings of the building July 9 while construction crews complete the remainder of the west side of the building, finishing the library, the main entrance, the IMC/support and cafeteria area. Job Site Superintendent Jim Daniels said construction teams plan to pave and fine grade the east side of the building, including the visitor, bus parking loop along and 118 stall visitor parking lot, June 22.
Fuhrmann said construction teams plan to complete pouring sidewalk towards the playground area on the south end of the building the week of July 1-6. The gymnasium floor on the west side of the building is complete and equipment will be added in the “next couple of weeks,” he said.
Kraemer Brothers, the contractor in the project, is scheduled to officially hand the keys over to the district July 29.
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The construction company took members of the school board and district staff on a tour of the building prior to the June 17 school board meeting. Prairie Ridge Intermediate School will open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, scheduled to start Sept. 3 for students, and will serve grades 3-5. It replaces South Elementary School, which closed June 11.
Each pod, located towards the far north, east and south end of the building, contains ten classrooms, four smaller group rooms and a collaborative space in the middle. Each section of the building contains a theme representative to the natural area surrounding Reedsburg, like the sandstone bluffs, agriculture and the Baraboo River.
Fuhrmann said Kraemer Brothers construction crews have invested 60,000 hours on the new school so far, with an average of 30 people on site per day working on the 106,000 square foot, $23 million building. The new school is a part of the district’s $32 million referendum passed in October 2017 that also aside money for safe and secure entrances, several facility updates and construction of a new transportation facility at Webb Middle School.
District Administrator Tom Benson said at the June 17 school board meeting the district is planning to host a formal community celebration for Prairie Ridge Intermediate School Sept. 21.