Construction Updates

Sanford's Expansion Project
December, 2014 - August, 2016

Watch this page for photos & updates as our Expansion Project progresses.  We are replacing the northeast wing of the building with a new high-school-sized gym and three floors of new classrooms, to be finished in the fall of 2016. Please see our Facebook page for most recent photos - it's much easier to upload there than here!


The new construction is almost finished! There is still HVAC work to do this summer to finish air conditioning the whole building, but we're in good shape overall. The new rooms are complete & mostly painted - they are adding the "whiteboard paint" this week.

One wrinkle that came up is that our elevator is being repaired this summer - which we are thrilled about - but that will take 2 weeks away from the time they have to furnish the new classrooms, so not sure they will really be clean & gone by 8/15 - but that's OK. It'll be all set before students come!


Wow, what progress we've made! Things are really coming along! The interior rooms in the new wing are mostly in place and they are now working on floors and painting. The exterior is also coming along, with brick now around most of the new gym! And the project is still on pace for substantial completion 7/15 and final turn-over on 8/15! :)


We had a rough fall, but teachers and students have done a great job despite construction distractions! The windows went onto the addition over winter break, and now it really looks like the artist's rendering that's been in the office for the last year. Very exciting! The new classrooms will have HUGE windows. We love it!

The project is still on pace to finish this summer & we will have all the new spaces when school starts. We don't really have a choice - Sanford is projected to have 60 additional students next year, maybe more! So we need the space. Watch our Facebook page for new photos & updates as well.


We're off to a great school year despite the construction stress. Cheers to our teachers & staff who are doing their best despite not having a clean building to work in! We were thrilled that the summer HVAC construction DID get finished in time for us to start school, but the contractor did not clean the building completely afterward as we had hoped. We are still catching up, and hope to have the floors cleaned & waxed next week.

The foundation was laid for the new gym last week, and roofing work on the new wing is starting this week.  We are happy that this stinky work is coming in 2 waves, so the top (which is mostly above us) is happening this week, and then the lower levels are going to wait until cooler weather so we can close windows to block out the smell.


We have handed over the whole building to Westin Construction for the summer! Subcontractors are busy with abatement and HVAC installation throughout the central part of the building. This includes the main office hallway & the 2 floors directly above it, plus the west hall from the main office down to rooms 125 and 127, the west gym area above that, and the lower level halls outside the cafateria.

The southeast wing (Science wing hallway & the 2 floors above it) will get HVAC next year along with the new northeast wing.

Summer meetings will take place at Longfellow & Howe. The 6th grade orientation workshops will be at Longfellow Park (35th St & 36th Ave) and the Team meetings will be at Howe School ( 37th St & 43rd Av.) We are grateful to our park board & feeder school partners for helping us out this summer while we are not able to use the Sanford building.

We are hopeful that construction work will move forward on schedule and our office staff will be able to return to the building at the beginning of August. Teachers will not return until August 17th.  Stay tuned!


The construction crew was hard at work over spring break on the interior HVAC system. We have air conditioning coming to Sanford! Part of the building will be done this fall, and part not until fall of 2016.  Spring Break Academy was held at Keewaydin school so that the crews could have full access to the building all week.

It is fun to see the new wing starting to rise up outside! If you haven't driven by the school on 42nd Ave near 35th St, there's a lot to see! See photos below as well.


The NE wing is gone! There is a little demolition happening yet on the north side in the old Choir room space, but it will end tomorrow and then the worst of the noise & dust will be OVER. The big industrial air filters are still running, which we appreciate.

Sanford's Spring Break Academy and Summer School will both be at Keewaydin this year, as we will not have access to our building during student breaks. The construction crews will definitely take full advantage of every day that we don't have students, to get as much done as they can! See below for latest photos.


Demolition has been very loud and disruptive this week. Most days involve some noise, but we've had more "booming and banging" than usual! At today's construction meeting, we learned that we only have one week left to go of this loud part. Once demolition is over and construction begins, it won't be so disruptive. Keep the faith, Hawks!

We also had the fire alarm go off yesterday and had to evacuate in the cold - not fun. But our staff was quick to find the cause - construction dust - and we were able to confirm there was no fire and bring kids back in before we had even cleared the whole building.  Whew!


* Demolition is in full swing! The band and choir rooms are gone, along with much of the East Gym. We are hearing some noise - especially in the mornings before school starts - but not TOO bad yet.

* Door 7 on the north side is closed & will not be usable for about a year.

* The construction fence is up outside, and Doors 11 and 12 are closed permanently. Student drop-off & pick-up will now be at door 13 at the corner of 42nd Ave and 36th St.
* The walls are up inside, so the northeast corner has been blocked off. Demolition of this space is scheduled to begin on 1-25-15 and last for about one month. 


To view the photos below, please click "View Slideshow", or click on individual photos. As you view the slideshow, please note that the captions are toward the bottom of the page, so you may need to adjust the window or scroll down.

Please contact Dr. Palmer with any questions at 612-668-4901 or - thank you!