Groundbreaking ceremonies kick off construction at three Barrington 220 schools
May 27, 2021- Barrington 220 hosted three groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, May 27, 2021 to kick off the first of many construction projects made possible by a $147 million referendum, which was approved by the community on March 17, 2020.
After 15 years, the mobile classrooms at Prairie Middle School and Station Middle School will be removed in June, in order to begin construction of a classroom addition on each campus. The mobile classrooms were purchased in 2006 as a temporary solution to increasing enrollment. In addition, construction will begin this summer at Grove Avenue Elementary on a new front entrance vestibule, which will provide a more secure entrance to the building. Construction of a new classroom addition at Grove will also get underway in August, in order to replace the current mobile classrooms on that campus. The mobiles were purchased in 2018 as a temporary solution to increasing enrollment.
As much work as possible is being done over the summer in order to minimize disruptions during the school year. Construction at both middle schools is expected to last through November 2022. Construction at Grove Avenue Elementary is expected to last through December 2022. Project work across all D220 schools is expected to last through 2025.
Prairie and Station mobiles to be removed in June
April 21, 2021- At the April 20, 2021 Board of Education meeting, Board members heard several updates regarding the district's referendum construction projects.MIDDLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTIONThe district is excited to begin the “Build” phase this summer at BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station. Preparatory work has already started at both schools, including tree removal, to prepare the sites for their classroom additions. Starting in June, after school is out for summer vacation, the mobile classrooms will be removed from both sites and construction of the classroom additions will begin. As much work as possible is being done over the summer in order to minimize disruptions during the school year. Middle school principals have plans in place for the 2021-22 school year to accommodate the classes that would normally be located in the mobile units in the main buildings. Construction at both middle schools is expected to last through November 2022. Click here to view more details.UNIVERSAL DESIGNDistrict administrators presented several new ideas to further incorporate the concept of Universal Design at Barrington High School. The Universal Design concept focuses on creating spaces that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics. Click here for more details.The district will be holding a virtual meeting on May 6 from 5pm-6pm to gather feedback from stakeholders about the Universal Design ideas for BHS. If you would like to participate in this meeting, please fill out this form.BUILDINGS & GROUNDSDistrict administrators also shared the new building design for the district's Buildings & Grounds facility, which is currently located next to the BHS greenhouse. The facility stores materials and equipment that are necessary to maintain the grounds and maintenance needs across the district. The new facility will be located right next to the current site. Reconfiguring the site will improve traffic flow in the BHS parking lot. Click here for more details.
Board approves sale of bonds and construction bids for Build 220 projects
April 6, 2021- At its April 6, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education approved the sale of $75,000,000 in bonds for upcoming Build 220 projects. This is the second sale of bonds for the $147 million referendum, which was approved by voters in the March 17, 2021 primary election. By law, the funding secured by the bonds can only be used for needed infrastructure projects.At the April 6 meeting, Board members also approved bids for the construction projects at Grove Avenue Elementary. The bids came in at $5,772,366. An estimated total of $8,656,156 will be spent at Grove, as items like safety and security and furniture are not included in construction bids. Construction at Grove is expected to begin later this spring and tentatively wrap up in December 2022.
Board views preliminary design plans for BHS
March 2, 2021- At their March 2, 2021 meeting, Board of Education members heard preliminary design plans for the referendum construction projects at Barrington High School. Of the $147 million which the community approved for the March 2020 referendum, about $62 million is dedicated to the high school. One major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved safety features and enhanced security equipment. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: improved traffic circulation and additional security vestibules at entrances to the building.Another major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved educational spaces that will positively impact learning. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: a renovated student services area where students can access services such as deans, counselors and nurses in one location, a culinary arts lab, and new spaces for fitness and wellness.BHS is currently in the design phase until approximately October 2021, with construction anticipated to begin in March 2022 and last through February 2025. The Board will continue to discuss the BHS design phase at its next meeting on March 16.
Project updates featured in "220 in less than 2"
Feb, 19, 2021- Dr. Harris shares an update on projects at Station, Prairie and Grove in the February episode of "220 in less than 2".
Board approves construction bids for Station and Prairie
Feb. 2, 2021- At its Feb. 2, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education approved bids for referendum projects at BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station. The construction bids came in lower than expected at $15,275,444 for both schools, compared to the estimated cost of $19,431,658. An estimated total of $30 million will be spent on both middle schools, as items like safety and security and furniture are not included in the construction bids. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and tentatively wrap up in November 2022.
New classroom addition to replace mobile classrooms at Grove
Sept. 15, 2020- At its Sept. 15 meeting, Board of Education members discussed the appropriate location for the district's elementary classroom addition.As you may recall, one of the major referendum projects is eliminating the mobile classrooms at Grove Avenue Elementary. However, the Board never indicated which elementary school a new classroom addition would be constructed at.When considering building design, estimated construction costs, student enrollment, and school boundary assignments, Grove Avenue Elementary is the recommended choice for the elementary classroom addition.The district is beginning elementary referendum work at Grove in order to prioritize safety and security at that building, which includes the elimination of the mobile classrooms. Design work on all other elementary schools will happen in phases, tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2021.