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Construction Updates at Bellevue Independent Schools  - Archived Posts

Sneak Peek- Inside the new GES Entrance

The exterior of the new GES entrance is beginning to take shape, allowing families to see the progress of the beautiful new exterior in real time. Soon, the glass atrium will go in, creating a new layer of security for our students and staff.

GES exterior construction

Behind the temporary wooden door, major changes are underway in two former classrooms. The new main office area is well underway, creating an inviting new reception area, as well as office spaces, a conference room, and a state of the art nurses station!

GES new entrance- interior with labels

Thanks to the amazing efforts of our construction team, the new GES entrance will be up and running in just a few short months. Stay tuned for more updates as this space inches nearer to completion. We hope you are as excited as we are for the new and improved Grandview Elementary!

 

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A new BHS, inside and out!

Construction crews continue buzzing around our buildings, and the new vision of BHS is starting to take shape! The most stunning transformation so far can be seen in the progress on our main floor bathrooms. Beautiful new tiles are in place, ready for the installation of updated fixtures and stalls. By the end of this project, every floor of BHS will have sparkling new ADA-compliant bathrooms.

New BHS bathroom tile- wide angle    New BHS bathroom tile- close up

On the exterior, crews are working diligently to preserve our historic building by tuck pointing and sealing the bricks. And while this upgrade may not look as exciting as the as the new interior remodels, this necessary upkeep helps to protect from the elements, keeping our beloved school standing strong for decades to come!

Tuckpointing BHS- wide angle    Tuckpoint BHS- zoom

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Though major construction progress continues throughout our schools, we often hit periods of time where no tangible progress can be seen. Today, however, I was encouraged to see progress taking shape as I walked the third floor of BHS. This newly installed ductwork will house our new fresh air filtration system, improving air quality in our classrooms. 

I commend our students for their patience, curiosity, and positive attitudes toward these projects as we continue the necessary work to improve our buildings. It is my hope that, in watching the transformation firsthand, our students will share the pride that I feel as we move closer to a better Bellevue.

BHS hallway with new ductwork

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New Entry is Underway!

This week marked the official groundbreaking for the new entrance at Grandview Elementary. Over the coming months, the facade of the building will transform into a modern and inviting space that is welcoming to all. A new accessible ramp will be built into the hill, and a secure glass vestibule will give our students and staff another added layer of security. 

Construction- GES facade    Brick repair on GES

Our crews are hard at work repairing and renovating, and are able to continue work throughout the day without disruption to classes. 

Meanwhile at BHS: as the main crews have shifted their attention to GES, the primary focus at the high school is preparing the building for the new HVAC system! Don't forget to check back in weekly as we continue to share the exciting progress at both schools. 

GES In Progress

Today marks the start of BIG changes happening at Grandview Elementary! While some of the crew continues work on updating BHS bathrooms, the rest of the construction team has shifted their focus to the new entrance/facade of GES.


GES- before facade construction

One last look at the GES sign as the construction crew prepares the site.


Tonight is also the first time many of our students have seen the inside of the building since May, and things are going to look a little different. Crews have been preparing the floors for the installation of our new noise-reducing, slip resistant flooring throughout our hallways. But before we can bring in the new, we had to do away with the old! Our main hallways may look a little unfinished right now, but the end result is going to be softer, safer, and guaranteed to have 100% less shoe squeaks across the hallway! In addition to the floors, new railings have been installed in our stairways that meet the highest safety standards and create another layer of safety for our Tigers.


GES concrete floors    GES stair rails

Please excuse us while we change!


This process may take some time, but the end result will be well worth the work. And in the meantime, we guarantee that our students will continue to have a clean and safe learning environment. Keep checking our blog for all the latest updates. We can't wait to surprise our Tigers with new floors later this year!


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HVAC Updates

We are excited to announce that there are big upgrades coming to the air conditioning systems at both GES and BHS. As of today, every classroom in Grandview has a brand new air conditioning unit installed.


Old AC unit   New AC Unit

    Out with the old....and in with the new! 


HVAC redesign is currently underway in the high school. Thanks to some upgrades to the current system, we will have working units in every classroom. This is a major improvement from classroom conditions last year, and it  will only be improved from there once we replace and upgrade the entire system next summer.


Holes cut in hallway walls

As students return to the building, you may notice holes cut in the ceilings in our hallways. These are the spaces that will house the new fresh air ventilation system coming this spring. These are just a few of the major renovation projects that will make our buildings more comfortable for everyone.

Special thanks to the construction crew and our custodial and maintenance teams for their hard work in getting the buildings ready for the new school year. 

Welcome!

Welcome to the BISD construction blog, where you will find regular updates on the progress of our renovation projects. 


Grandview Elementary School- Renovation Poster


Bellevue High School- Renovation Poster


As you can see on the project posters above, long-overdue upgrades are taking shape that will provide a more learning-conducive environment. Thank you for your support, and please excuse our mess while we improve the BISD facilities for our students. Much like the BHS front facade renovation project at 2019, the end product of these improvements will be a spectacular source of pride for all Tigers, past, present, and future.

We will continue to post important updates throughout the year, and I look forward to sharing the exciting progress with our Bellevue community.

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Dr. Robb Smith
Superintendent


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Current Posts

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Candace Gibson
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