Effingham Junior High School
Location: Effingham, IL | Owner: Effingham CUSD #40 | Architect: FGM Architects, Inc.
Extensive junior high renovation projects elevate the coordination level needed to achieve project success. At the Effingham Junior High School, major renovations were required with zero space available to relocate the 650 enrolled students and staff during extended construction periods. Poettker’s Construction Management team consulted with the district to determine the best low-impact, yet achievable option.
This 112,000 SF project, completed over three summers, entailed the health/life/safety renovations to alleviate problems with:
- leaky roofs, asbestos, and moisture issues;
- ADA compliance;
- limited controlled access;
- aging interior finishes, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire alarm systems
Repairs affected every square inch of the 80-year-old facility, from the classrooms, band and music areas, science and art labs, cafeteria, kitchen, lobby, district office, gymnasium, auditorium, shop, and common use areas.
The old Unit 40 office was reconfigured into special education classrooms. A new secure entrance with a controlled vestibule was added, and a new breezeway converted into a classroom and ADA-compliant exterior gymnasium entrance.
The construction management process with Poettker has been a saving grace. Having 1 group leading the project, representing the school district, and managing the schedule is key. They are a good team in regards to listening, following what we want as an owner, and making it happen.
We are very happy with the work Poettker has done.
– Mark Doan, Superintendent
Effingham CUSD #40
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