Dempsey Construction recently finished a 4,370-square-foot elementary school building on the campus of Country Montessori School at 12642 Monte Vista Road in Poway.
The new facility houses first through sixth grades and features three classrooms, a reading room, outdoor working space and flex space for art and science instruction.
The $1.4 million project included demolition of an existing ranch house constructed in 1948, including asbestos abatement and lead paint removal, to allow for construction of the new classroom facility.
Specific improvements to the new building included an open beam and wood structure designed to take advantage of the natural light, minimizing electrical usage; differential window heights to exhaust hot air and improve air circulation and reduce HVAC usage; a standing seam metal roof with solar panels; interior operable partition walls and general classroom improvements. Sustainable building products were used throughout the project, where applicable.
The design-build project took place while the residual school campus remained open and operating for students.
“Special planning and coordination took place during pre-construction among the client, general contractor and architect in order to assure a safe environment for the students during construction," said Bryce Raleigh, Dempsey Construction project manager.
"A thorough and detailed pre-construction process focused on budget, constructability, schedule and nuisance mitigation, were key components to the projectís ultimate success.”