Stevenson High a big work zone this summer
Construction crews will be busy at Stevenson High School's sprawling campus this summer, tackling $14.5 million worth of upgrades and repairs.
A new study area for struggling students, a fitness trail, a parking lot realignment and a renovation of the performing arts center are a few of the projects scheduled at the Lincolnshire school.
The study area is one of the more interesting projects on the list. Plans call for a large, open-seating area designed for quiet work, Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said.
It'll be different from the large school library, which "is a little more boisterous," Conrey said.
The space also will house Stevenson's guided study and mentoring program.
"(They) provide assistance to students who need help with the fundamentals of being a student," Conrey said. "How to take good notes, how to be organized (and more)."
The study area will be on the second floor of the west building in space that previously housed study hall rooms and classrooms. The work will cost $2.54 million.
Elsewhere, a fitness trail is being built on the school's north side. It coincides with the extension and widening of a sidewalk along Port Clinton Road.
The trail will cost $120,000 to complete, but Vernon Township, Vernon Hills and Lincolnshire are helping to cover the expense, Conrey said.
Also on the school's north side, Parking Lot E has been torn up and will get a new lane configuration to separate buses and cars. That will cost $1.2 million.
Other projects include:
• A new electrical system in the performing arts center, which has a $590,000 price tag.
• Roof repairs on the west building, which will cost $670,000.
• The continued modernization of science and math classrooms in the west building, to the tune of $2.5 million.
• A new fence, gate and ticket booth at the athletic stadium. That will cost $660,000, but two booster groups are covering half that amount, Conrey said.
All of the work should be done by the time the new school year starts Aug. 20, Conrey said. He's confident the schedule will hold.
"Typically many of our construction projects go right up to the wire," Conrey said. "We compress all this work in the summer, so we have a little window of opportunity."