In November 2017, residents of Richfield Public Schools approved an $86.8 million bond referendum to make various renovations and improvements across all seven of the district’s facilities. The school board also approved $32.5 million in additional non-voter-approved improvements. District-wide improvements across all facilities included:
Improvement to create equitable, collaborative, and flexible learning environments:
- Modernize labs, media/technology areas, and special education spaces.
Deferred maintenance improvements:
- Complete upgrades to restrooms, kitchens, and serving areas.
- Improve building exterior components such as windows, doors, roofs, and walls.
- Enhance existing mechanical and structural systems.
- Improve interior finish components such as flooring, doors, hardware, and cabinetry.
Safe and secure building renovations:
- Renovate the main office and student entrances.
- Enhance door access controls and security systems.
- Reconfigure parking lots to separate bus and parent traffic entrances/exits for improved pick-up/drop-off.
Improvements to ensure ADA compliance:
- Create access to instructional areas, restrooms, and stages.
Completing significant projects for all seven buildings over three years required significant coordination to be successful. Four buildings required work to be completed over two summers and during the school year between those summers. Many buildings were frequently used for summer programming, requiring careful planning and coordination.
Outside of the highly detailed phasing required, the high school project affected every area of the building. Determining how to complete this work and gain access to these courtyards required structural analysis, defined staging areas, and more.
Our team is incredibly proud of the district-wide improvements that are now serving students, staff, and the local community well.
- August 2019
- $119.3 million
- Planning, referendum communications, project development, owner’s representation, and technical services
- Ryan Hoffman, Andy Faulkner, Ekalath Sophaphanh, Mads Benishek, Raeann Wynn, and Dana Fontaine
- Wold Architects and Engineers, CMTA, Inc., Northland Consulting Engineers, and Bolton & Menk, Inc.