This challenging project included three separate building additions, demolition and remodeling throughout the existing structures, including new site work and, landscaping.This all had to be completed in a critical timeframe in order to allow teachers and students to head back to school at the beginning of the school year.
MWGC constructed the new 52,000 sf K-6 Cougar Run Elementary School for Douglas County Schools. The project featured a concrete split face block veneer over a structural steel frame. It also includes 18 classrooms, a multi-purpose space, a full service kitchen / dining / commons area, and a media center.
Renovations to the 9,800 square-foot portion of the building included a new administration area; which encompasses 6 new offices, a health room, two restrooms, and a lobby area. Also included were a new copy room, storage room, and 3 new classrooms. The Fire suppression system was also upgraded to today’s standards. Work was completed over the summer months while the school was unoccupied.
The $4.3 million project renovated the residence halls over a two summer time frame. Randall and Morgan Halls were completed in Summer 2015, with Bradford and Thomas Halls following in Summer 2016. The four structures together comprise almost 80,000 square feet of interior space. The work includes new texture, paint, carpet, doors and hardware, lighting, renovations to office space and four hall director suites, and cosmetic upgrades to dorm rooms.
On-site traffic was revised by separating the existing parking lot into a north and south lot. The original asphalt was replaced in the lots due to cracking. Basketball courts outside the school received new fencing around the playing areas. Classrooms were converted to support future school expansion, which included renovations of existing rooms into a classroom environment. One classroom received minor adjustments to be converted into a science lab.
The High Wind Area is a 4,660 SF addition to the existing Ellicott elementary school building. The addition serves as a multi-purpose room providing additional cafeteria seating during lunch, space for after school programs, and occasional presentations. In the event of high wind hazards, the school uses the addition as a safe area as the project has been designed with higher than minimum structural loads.