North Aurelius Elementary will receive a new office with a secure entry, HVAC improvements, new doors and hardware, updated interior finishes and new lockers. Kindergarten students will be relocated to the Harvey Education Center and North Aurelius Elementary will house grades 1-5.
On April 25, Mason Public Schools celebrated the next milestone of the Capital Improvement Project by breaking ground on both the North Aurelius Elementary and Alaiedon Elementary construction projects.
In two separate events, students from each building joined the Board of Education, building principals, construction team, superintendent and Buster the Bulldog for a short ceremony. The work being done on the North Aurelius Elementary and Alaiedon Elementary buildings is the second portion of Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project. The $69.7 million bond was approved by voters in November 2017.
Improvements to both schools include a new multi-purpose room, additional classrooms and a new secure entry. Planned layout changes, remodeling and mechanical and electrical upgrades are part of the projects. In addition, site improvements will expand parking and improve student pick-up and drop-off.
In his remarks, Kurt Creamer, Board of Education President said, “you should all feel lucky; lucky that you live in a community like Mason where people decided it was worth the effort, worth the time and worth the money to invest in your education.”
Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, “what a great day for Mason and Mason Public Schools. We are grateful for the community’s support and excited to provide improved learning environments for our students.”
Construction on these two buildings will continue until late summer 2020, in time for students to arrive back for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
At the Mason Public Schools Board of Education meeting on March 11, the Board approved bids for cabling and multimedia systems upgrades throughout the district, which is part of Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project.
The total bid award was $337,700. The contractors selected were Datacom Group for low voltage cabling and Digital Age Technologies for multimedia systems.
Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, “Mason Public Schools has done significant work already to improve technology, including increasing the district’s wireless access points from 112 to 370 last year. Continuing to build out the quality of our technology will benefit all of Mason’s buildings including the ones under renovation through the Capital Improvement Project. The support of our community is appreciated.”
This afternoon, contractors from both the Alaiedon Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary projects were invited to join Mason Public Schools for a construction kick-off meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin after this school year ends.
The contractors selected for the Alaiedon Elementary project are LJ Trumble Builders for general trades, Proline Concrete for concrete, TCI for site work, Davenport Masonry for masonry, Howard Steel for structural and miscellaneous steel, Shively-Bouma for metal studs, drywall and ceilings, Roofing Innovations for roofing, Traverse City Glass for aluminum and glazing, Lansing Tile & Mosaic for flooring, Architectural Systems Group for casework, Professional Thermal Systems for mechanical, United Electrical Contractors for electrical and Promech Engineering for commissioning.
The contractors selected for the North Aurelius Elementary project are LJ Trumble Builders for general trades, Fessler & Bowman for concrete, Woodhull Construction for site work, Davenport Masonry for masonry, Custom Steel Fabricators for structural and miscellaneous steel, Walker Commercial Interiors for metal studs, drywall and ceilings, Superior Services RSH, Inc. for roofing, Traverse City Glass for aluminum and glazing, Lansing Tile & Mosaic for flooring, Myers Plumbing & Heating for mechanical, United Electrical Contractors for electrical and Control Solutions for commissioning.
Yesterday afternoon, the construction bids were due for the North Aurelius Elementary portion of the Capital Improvement Project. Bids were accepted in 13 bidding categories. The bid recommendations will be made to the Board of Education at the February 18 Special Board Meeting and will be announced after that.
Beginning this spring, a committee of K-5 teachers and administrators have been meeting with GMB Architecture representatives to begin the process of selecting furniture and flexible seating options for the Kindergarten classrooms at the elementary schools. After a couple options are tested out by students and teachers, the furniture that is selected will be purchased for portions of the completed buildings. Thank you to the committee members for your input and time commitment!
Photo credit: Harvey Education Center