ANKENY, Iowa (February 19, 2016) - On April 1, 2014 more
than 78 percent of Ankeny voters said 'yes' to renovate Northview Middle
School. Almost two years later, the project continues to progress and
is now 85 percent complete.
just a month after passage of the $10 million bond. The total project
cost was set for $23.25 million, with the available sales tax funding of
“Construction has gone very well,”
said Tim Simpkins, Ankeny Schools Director of Construction. “Thank you
to Ankeny’s staff, students, parents, and construction crews. A project
of this magnitude could not be completed without the total cooperation
and communication of all stakeholders.”
was built in 1973 and served as Ankeny High School until 2011. It is
now the eighth and ninth grade building for students in the north feeder
Updates to the 40-year-old school’s heating and cooling (HVAC) are
complete. The HVAC renovations are expected to improve the building's
energy efficiency and provide a significant savings per year. While
critical HVAC and electrical issues were important in the timing of the
needed renovations, safety and security was an urgent need in a building
built long before safety issues were so thoroughly considered in school
designs. The security updates, including key-card access, are now complete.
energy saving measure is the installation of more energy-efficient
lighting with sensors. These and other energy-efficient devices will
save on annual electric costs and ensure more general-fund dollars are
used for education rather than electricity.
In addition, an
area receiving a major renovation is the pick-up and drop-off area on
Northview’s east-side. A circle-drive has been installed near the front
entrance to the building. This allows for more efficient student
pick-up and drop-off, while alleviating congestion on Ankeny Boulevard.
Also, the portable classrooms near the entrance will be removed upon
completion of the project.
The auditorium, media
center, and classrooms have been remodeled so that students at
Northview receive an equitable learning environment to align with other
schools within the district.
The remaining 15
percent of Northview’s renovations are in progress. The entire project
is expected to be completed within budget in August 2016. A formal
dedication of the building will be announced in the coming months.