Construction of Prairie Ridge Intermediate School is on track for its scheduled Aug. 30 completion date, according to Kraemer Brothers Project Manager Sheley Scallon.

The structure of the building — the roof and exterior walls — is about 90 percent complete. Concrete floors and block walls have been installed to form the classroom pods and gymnasium areas. Kraemer Brothers Assistant Project Superintendent Darren Webber said installing all mechanical, electrical and plumping systems remain ongoing. In about a month, Webber said final fixtures for plumping, heating components and ceiling tile will be installed. Painting efforts began the week of Feb. 18.

Kraemer Brothers Jim Daniel, who serves as superintendent of the project, said about 70 to 80 workers are on site every day, working on the building to complete it.

Construction costs is $23 million with final costs estimated at $28 million. It is a part of the school districts $32 million referendum passed in October 2017. The referendum also set aside money for safe and secure entrances, several facility updates and construction of a new transportation facility.

Prairie Ridge Intermediate School is set to open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, scheduled to start Sept. 3 for students. It will replace South Elementary School which will close at the end of this school year.

Prior to the Feb. 18 school board meeting, members of Kraemer Brothers, the schools contractor with the new school, gave a tour of the 106,000 square foot building, providing an update of project to school board members and district administrators. Plunkett Raysich Architects is the architect in the project.

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The design contains an IMC and Support area in the center of the building that will contact a math intervention, speech language rooms and office areas. Art and music rooms will be on far southwest side of the building. That area will also contain a 12,300 two station gymnasium with a 419 seating capacity, cafeteria and kitchen area as well as storage, receiving and other administrative offices. The pods for each grade will be towards the far north, east and south end of the building.

Each pod contains ten classrooms and four smaller group rooms. In the middle of the pods are collaborative spaces for students to work on individual or group assignments. Windows will also be installed in each classroom Feb. 19 for teachers to supervise students in the collaborative area from the classrooms. Each pod will contain locker rooms and restrooms.

“Everything is contained in one area,” said Clint Beyer, who attended the tour and will serve as principal of the new school. “It really was designed to make supervision be efficient (and) traffic flow of student(s) throughout the day be really efficient.”

Beyer, who currently serves as principal of Pineview Elementary School, added teachers in different subjects could share the small group and collaboration areas.

The pods will be represented by a natural theme specific to the Reedsburg area that will be shown in the flooring and design patterns, said Scallon. The fifth grade pod will have a forest theme, fourth grade will have an agriculture theme, third grade is sand stone bluffs, the IMC/Support area is the Baraboo River and the cafeteria area is Agriculture and Baraboo River.

The finished design will also contain two separate parking loops, one towards the west end for school buses and one of the east side for parents to drop off children at the two entrances of the school. The finished design will include a 118 visitor parking stall, towards the southwest. Basketball courts and playground equipment will be towards the south end of the school.

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