Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico celebrated a major milestone last week when Sundt and joint venture partner Wooten Construction placed the last, 30-foot-long steel I-beam for the framework of the campus’s new performing arts building. The event also recognized the project’s excellent safety record and the team’s successful adherence to a fast, challenging schedule.
“It was great having board members from Las Cruces Public Schools present to celebrate this momentous milestone with the entire project team,” said Sundt Project Director Kelly Pettigrew. “It’s very rewarding to be the conduit for realizing the board’s dreams.” Another dream that was realized during the event? The project’s owner and several subcontractors donated 12 bikes to Operation Santa Claus.
The “topping out” ceremony was just the latest high-profile achievement in the $36 million K-12 education construction project. Last July the team installed a 110-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge over a busy roadway in less than 24 hours to provide safer pedestrian access to the school.
Wooten|Sundt’s project includes construction of several new parking lots and athletic fields, as well as 156,000 square feet of structural additions anchored by a two-story classroom building, administration areas, a media center, and a performing arts laboratory. The team plans to have the first phase of construction completed by August 2015. The campus additions will help improve student flow between classes and provide a safer environment for one of the state’s most populated high schools.