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“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.”
Northview Renovation Nears Completion
Renovations at Northview Middle School are now 85 percent complete.
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A computer lab at Northview receives a facelift.
The renovation project at Northview is expected to be completed within budget in August 2016.
Renovations at Northview included updates to the media center.
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.
Construction began 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 $13.25 million.
Northview 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 system.
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.
Another 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.