In November 2015, the Fridley School District asked its residents to approve a $27,500,000 bond issue for safety and security upgrades, fire suppression systems upgrades, technology upgrades across the district, completion of deferred maintenance projects and to address space issues. Residents passed the bond and the projects were divided into three phases.
Phase one, which included additions to both Hayes and Stevenson elementary school to serve growing populations, as well as major renovations to the high school were completed in October 2016 and cost about $12 million, according to Fridley Finance Director Matthew Hammer.
Phase two, which is expected to begin as soon as June 12, will focus on Fridley Middle School and cost about $7 million.
Morcon Construction, a Fridley based constriction company, was awarded a contract as General Contractor for phase two. This contractor has been in business for 34 years, has successfully completed construction of many other school district projects and also has a significant history of successful experience with publicly bid projects.
“The bid came in right on budget,” said Hammer.
Below is a breakdown of phase 2 construction:
• Classroom remodeling – middle school
• Window replacement – middle school
• Roof sections – middle school
• Gymnasium – middle school
• Fire suppression system – middle school
• Technology upgrade – middle school
• Safety and security – middle school
• Complete remaining HVAC update – middle school
Substantial completion of phase two is expected to be on or before July 28 for the Middle School Main Office and Student Services Offices and August 18 for the remainder of the building.
Phase three will focus on additional deferred maintenance items and upgrades at the Fridley Community Center. Phase three is expected to take place in 2018.
“Everything is moving forward and I think that we are in a good place,” said Hammer. “I think the updates so far have been well received.”
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