Progress on Sturgis West – April 2012

By Eric Hieser, Executive Director
Originally published in Sturgis Soundings Magazine, April 20, 2012

Sturgis West Groundbreaking (left to right) Eric Hieser – Sturgis Executive Director, Lisa Kirkwood – TD Bank, Jim Albrecht – Sturgis Director of Operations, Peter Steedman – Associate Director, Sturgis West, Cameron Bass – Class of 2014, Finn Swenson – Class of 2014, Ray Sessler, President – Sturgis Board of Trustees, Michael Moynihan – Treasurer, William Sturgis Foundation, Tamar Warburg – Studio G Architects, Cynthia Hall and Fred Work – Sturgis Board of Trustees.

A great deal of progress has been made on our new Sturgis West building project at 105 West Main Street since the December 16th groundbreaking.  The permitting process is complete and preparation of the site is moving along on schedule. The foundation for the building has been completed and electricity, gas, and water coming to the building are currently being installed. Grading and preparation of the roads and parking lot will be happening during the last week of April so the site will be ready for the arrival of the permanent modules in the first part of May. It is exciting to witness the daily progress!

We are encouraged by an able crew working hard to ensure that the goals set before them are met in a timely fashion. For perspective, it is no small task to create a facility for the education of 400 students to be completed in the next 4 months – especially when the only thing currently visible is the foundation. This project can and will happen only because a dedicated group of people, including Studio G Architects, General Contractor J. K. Scanlan, and Sturgis Project Manager Michael Moynihan are working hard as a team to create additional space to allow 400 more students to have an opportunity to experience an IB education.

The time frame for rapid completion of our new facility looks something like this:

1.      All site related work should be completed in April 2012.

2.      Permanent modules are simultaneously being fabricated off-site in Pennsylvania.

3.      Once the modules begin arriving in May, many workers will swarm the site to complete all related work.

4.      Sturgis staff and members of the Sturgis community will then work to create the finished environment in preparation for the opening of Sturgis West for the 2012-13 school year.

We have a great deal of anticipation when we look forward over the next few months.  Our vision is becoming a reality!

 

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