D51 breaking ground on new OMMS Aug. 17

D51 breaking ground on new OMMS Aug. 17
Posted on 08/06/2018
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Grand Junction, CO Orchard Mesa Middle School will host a ground-breaking ceremony for its new building at the start of the school day on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in the field east of the front circle drive at OMMS. The entire student population of more than 500 students will attend the 7:30 a.m. groundbreaking, and the public is invited to attend. 

The new, two-story school building will replace an aging, 60,000-square-foot OMMS with multiple maintenance issues and multiple buildings, which poses a security threat. The new, 100,000-square-foot structure with will be on the southern half of the school property at 2736 C Road and feature:

  • A safety vestibule when students or the public enter the building
  • Flexible furniture on wheels for easy movement
  • A set of wide steps for students to sit on during lunch or free times
  • A two-story media center
  • A gym and an auxiliary gym
  • Classrooms for STEM exploration

Students will continue going to school in the old building until the new one is complete. The new building is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019. The old school (with the exception of the pool/gym building) will be demolished after students and staff move into the new building.

The approximately $40 million school construction project will be funded by a $13.9 million Building Excellent Schools Today Grant from the state and matching funds from the 2017 Bond Measure. As promised in ballot language, the $118.5 million bond measure will also fund:

  • $55 million for first-priority maintenance projects (more than half of these projects started this summer)
  • $11 million for new technology devices ($3.2 million used this summer to purchase 9,068 Chromebooks)
  • $5 million each for new gyms at Dual Immersion Academy and Palisade High School (work began in May)
  • $2.5 million in safety projects (21 security vestibules and 27 keyless lock systems done this summer)
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