Facilities Project Update

A Busy Summer for School Construction Projects
Posted on 08/05/2019
Summertime may be vacation time for students, but some of the staff that supports student learning, it is the busiest time of year. The facilities custodians and maintenance staff uses this time to deep-clean buildings and make small repairs, while contractors rush to complete building projects so they are ready for returning students and teachers.

This year is no exception, as the Facilities staff has been busy with some of the largest projects promised voters in recent bond issues, as well as security projects funded by the state legislature. Some highlights:

Major bond projects:

Joe Harris Elementary: The walls are going up at Rio Rancho’s newest elementary school! The project is on schedule and in budget, with opening of the facility set for August 2020. 

Joe Harris construction - walls being built 
Shining Stars Preschool: On any building project, weeks of site work takes place before progress is visible above ground, and the new preschool is no exception. Contractors have been busy grading and bringing in utilities and have now started pouring the foundation. The project remains on schedule and in budget for an August 2020 opening.

Shining Stars footings being poured
Cleveland High School landscaping: Some of those big bare dirt areas are finally getting a new look! One highlight is a new outdoor seating area near the cafeteria, which can also be used as an outdoor classroom (and was promptly dubbed “Stonehenge.”). Essentially completed. 

Cleveland High new landscaping including rock seating area 
Rio Rancho High School Business & Entrepreneurship Academy exterior improvements: among them, replacing windows and new paint. Completion anticipated the end of August.

New windows and paint at Rio Rancho High 
Mountain View MS gym floor replacement: This project replaces the ceramic tile gym floor with a wood floor, bringing it up to the standard of other gymnasiums in the district. Installation of the new floor should be completed in late August, with completion of new bleachers scheduled for early October. 

Mountain View new gym floor under construction 
RRHS stadium emergency access: This project facilitates access to the field for emergency personnel. Essentially completed. 

Independence High School access improvements (Americans with Disabilities Act): Essentially completed. 

Cleveland High School student parking: This project will expand the limited parking space available at the state’s second-largest high school, and is scheduled for completion in late September.

Rio Rancho Middle School HVAC improvements (gym building): This project completes an overhaul of the HVAC system in the gym building. Essentially complete. The district is awaiting funding for replacement of HVAC units on the rest of the campus. 

Rio Rancho Middle School fine arts storage: Completed

Sandia Vista Elementary landscaping: Completed. A similar project at Cielo Azul Elementary is scheduled this winter. 

Puesta del Sol Elementary playground access improvements: Essentially completed.

Enchanted Hills Elementary HVAC improvements: Part of an ongoing process of upgrading HVAC at this older campus. Essentially completed.

Bond projects in planning and development:

  • Gymnasium floor replacement, Eagle Ridge Middle School (similar to the project at Mountain View): Scheduled summer 2020
  • Site improvements for pedestrian access, Martin Luther King Elementary School
  • Rio Rancho High School track stadium restrooms and fencing

Projects funded by the state legislature and state government

  • Cleveland High School entry constructionCleveland High School entry: This project will improve access control on the campus, routing visitors through the office for security checks during the school day. Visitors will be “buzzed in” through a double set of doors. Nearly complete.
  • Gunshot Detection Systems, Rio Rancho High and Cleveland High (PSFA security award): Completed.

In planning and development:

  • Security Bollards, elementary and middle schools:
    Improvements to perimeter security (e.g. fencing and gates), Cleveland High School
  • Inclusive improvements to playgrounds

New Cleveland High classroomProjects completed from other funding sources:

Cleveland High School classroom expansion:  Construction of four new classrooms and completion of two additional classrooms created in former commons areas of the main building.  Completed.