Duval County Public Schools Arlington Middle School
The Arlington Middle School project consisted of a new 167,000 SF facility to be located on the same campus as the old Arlington Middle School. The new facility consists of an administration complex, music suite, media center, reading room, cafetorium, gymnasium, TV production lab, 47 classrooms and a stand alone six-room exceptional student education (ESE) wing. Phasing of construction presented a unique opportunity because the old school was at full capacity and the school district had no where to relocate the students for construction of the new facility. This resulted in the need to construct the new facility in 2 phases to eliminate the relocation of students during construction. During Phase 1, we built the new school on the old track/playfield areas and fully isolated ourselves from the existing school so it could be used and occupied while the new facility was built. The new facility was completed in 12 months and we moved the users into the new facility during Christmas break. Then Phase 2 consisted of razing the old school and building new sports complex in that area. Portions of the new complex were constructed as an EHPA facility. A new well with proper aeration, chlorination, missile impact enclosure was installed for hurricane events and is used to irrigation the sports fields. A separate bladder for sanitary was installed and all portions of the EHPA were hardened to current codes. As a cost savings measure, Ajax on submitted a sealed bid to compete on the concrete portion of the project which resulted in a savings of over $300,000 to the school district.
This project earned an ABC Eagle Award of Excellence.