Laidlaw Construction Update
Dear Laidlaw Families,
As you can see, the construction project at Laidlaw has come a long way in the past four weeks. We are incredibly excited about all of the opportunities that will be provided with the new and remodeled spaces. We have received many questions from parents regarding the status of the project, so we thought it an optimal time to update you on our most current information, as we hit the one-month mark prior to the start of the new school year.
Our general contractor, Henry Brothers, and architects, DLA, have informed us that all primary instructional spaces - including the new kindergarten classrooms, Early Childhood Education (ECE) spaces, and the new second floor classroom (5-K) - will be completed prior to the first day of school (September 2). As well, all remodeled/updated spaces within the original building will also be completed in advance of September 2. This will allow all students to begin the school year in their primary classroom space as of the first day of school.
However, as expected, there are areas of the new addition which will not be ready for day one due to the six-week permit delay we experienced at the onset of the project – a delay we did not experience at Field Park, Forest Hills, or McClure. Because of this delay, we expect that the gymnasium, reading room/office, and building-wide air conditioning are unlikely to be fully usable prior to September 30. We do expect that all new building spaces and air conditioning will be completed some time prior to October 1.
If, for any reason, any of the new spaces noted above are not completed, we do have alternative plans at the ready, and we will communicate and implement them, as necessary. These alternative plans include keeping all of our students at Laidlaw in alternative spaces within the building.
You may be wondering what the impact of these plans will be on your child. We would like to reiterate that although we do foresee some delays with utilizing our gym space, school will start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 2nd. We hope to continue the tradition where students come to Laidlaw and drop off supplies and meet teachers prior to the first day of school, but plans related to this will depend on construction progress over the next three weeks – plans which will be communicated to you as they become clearer to us. As well, physical educational classes will be taking place outdoors, and students will be eating lunch in their classrooms to start the year. But, as we noted above, we anticipate that these alternative plans will be very temporary, with normal operations and full building access beginning in early-October.
If you would like to see how the building is looking “up close and from the inside,” please go to our website and click on this link: Construction Movie Week by Week
We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest construction updates. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. And, we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) very soon in our new and improved building!