Construction Update from Silvia Larrauri, Head of School
May 25, 2018
I am thrilled to share the following construction update. My goal is to keep you informed of what will transpire here during the summer months. We are ready for the construction of the Arts & Innovation Center to begin! The generous support from our families thus far has helped us reach over $3.8M of our $5M goal in just one year! This feat is only made possible by families who are vested in our students' education and that believe and are committed to our pursuit of excellence. And for this, I am most grateful!
Recently the Arts & Innovation project received its Warrants and Waivers Entitlement Approvals from the City of Miami, releasing the project to proceed with the construction as designed. The team continues to work through the permitting of the master permits per the approved plans. With these approvals, we are also released to receive the demolition permit and commence construction work upon completion of the school year.
At the start of the summer break, the general contractor will be mobilizing on site to start the demolition. The current fencing will be expanded to include a portion of the McFarlane parking lot to allow for the contractor's layout area along with the closure and removal of the play court as part of demolition. After this demolition, construction will begin on the foundations of the new building along with the underground utilities throughout the site. Construction will also commence on the Flag Salute Courtyard. The goal is the completion of all work in the courtyard during the summer break in order to provide the courtyard upon return for the new school year. Our project will proceed with the installation of the building's foundations and construction of the building structure.
Upon the start of the new school year, the student drop-off and pick-up area will be in the same location as it currently exists but will be reduced in size to allow for the construction. All construction activities will be held to within the fenced-in areas during school hours, with all personnel and materials coordinated to arrive and depart at times to not interfere with the normal operations of the school day.
Please check back for additional updates throughout the summer!
We commenced construction activities for the Arts and Innovation building while our students were away on Spring Break. The small courtyard buildings were cleared of all hazardous materials; the air quality testing performed after the removal returned an all-clear result. We submitted this positive report document to the county and we continue to work with the City for the final approval of our demolition permits.
We have installed the construction fence with banners showcasing the Arts & Innovation Center around the perimeter of the existing buildings. The McFarlane lot and the play court will remain available for use until we receive our demolition permit. Once we have the permit we will expand the fence to incorporate these areas. Demolition of the building will occur during a weekend to minimize the impact to the school day activities.
Simultaneously, we continue to work through the master building permit approval process at the city and county. We will continue to communicate with you as we finalize our timeline.
The security and safety of our students remains first and foremost, every day and equally during this exciting time. We continue to have an off-duty police officer and Ms. Erika Mercado, our security guard, on campus. Once the demolition is finalized, the access to our campus will change and so will our security procedures.
Below are some reminders. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
- The entrance to our campus during school hours is through the Main Highway Welcome Office, only. The McFarlane entry closes after Flag Salute and reopens at 4pm.
- The McFarlane staggered dismissal starts at 2:30 for PK through SK, 2:45 for Grades 1-2 and 3:00 for Grades 3-5. Please arrive at your designated time.
- Parking is extremely limited on our campus. Please refer to our Centralized Valet Parking communication dated January 29, 2018 for details.
These are very exciting times for our Little School by The Bay, as we get ready not only to celebrate our rich history of 60 years and also pave the way for continued excellence in the future. We will continue to bring you updates and keep you informed.
I am deeply grateful for the support we have received thus far on this front. We will continue moving further with everyone's support.