The Lockhart Middle School project was a comprehensive renovation and addition to a 166,000 SF occupied, active middle school. The work included construction of a new 44,000 SF administration, media, and classroom building; a 25,000 SF cafeteria/music suite building; and a 3,000 SF locker room expansion. The existing classrooms and administration buildings were reconfigured and renovated and the MEP and life safety systems were replaced. Site work included re-working the parent drop-off /pick-up and bus routes, installation of pre-engineered walkway covers, site drainage improvements and improvement to the recreational fields.
Several of the school’s existing buildings had to be torn down to make room for the new building. The existing cafeteria, as well as the music building could not however be removed until the new facilities were complete.
Work for this project was accomplished in four phases to allow school to continue uninterrupted. Access to the site was extremely limited with little room for laydown or staging. Working with Orange County Schools and the Lockhart staff, Barton Malow develop a detailed site logistics plan that allowed the work to proceed while minimizing the impact to the students. Barton Malow communicated our progress and plans on a daily basis, keeping everyone apprised of the progress of our work.
Each phase was dependent on the preceding work being completed; therefore, Barton Malow aggressively managed the schedule to insure there were no delays. Completion, commissioning and occupancy of each phase was carefully orchestrated to make certain the overall project was completed 2 months ahead of schedule. This allowed for the final building to be opened and occupied by students and faculty at the beginning of the school year rather than to turn it over mid-semester, which would have delayed it’s utilization until the following school year.