Blackmore & Grandview Construction Update

Grandview Elementary


The mascot and colors will remain the green and yellow Gators.

Blackmore Elementary

The mascot will be the Bears and the colors will be black and gold.



August 25, 2017

USD 490 Board Members toured the Blackmore and Grandview construction sites on August 25.

The Blakmore site tour was let by site Superintendent Lucas Lackey. After donning hard hats, the group entered through what will eventually be the windows to the commons area. The rooms are taking shape and the outside brick work has begun.

The office areas have the steel framing completed and the concrete has been poured for the gym floor. Several doorways already have the metal framework in place.

The first classroom wing has cinderblock walls in place but they are still placing the steel framework that will support the roof. The other two classroom wings are still being constructed.

So far, the Blackmore project is progressing on schedule.

At the Grandview location, Project Coordinator Jared Simpson led the site tour. The Grandview project is about two weeks behind Blackmore, but with one less classroom per wing may catch up with Blackmore in the upcoming months.

The Grandview crew is building the cinderblock walls of the classroom wings, welding the framework for the roof supports, and beginning the brick work on the office side of the building.

One unique feature at the Grandview location is the windmill that is visible from the north side of the building.

Next week, a fence will be erected around the former middle school and asbestos abatement will begin during the last week of August in preparation for the new District Performing Arts Center.

 November 7, 2017

USD 490 directors toured the construction sites on November 7.

At Blackmore Elementary, the gym structure is complete and ready for finishing touches such as painting, flooring, doors and hardware.

The sheet rock is hung in the administrative office area and some windows have been installed.

In the classroom wings, the wall framing is completed and they are currently spraying insulation and hanging sheet rock.

The library is also receiving spray insulation and a little bit of sheet rock, but is almost ready to be painted.

The art and music room are framed and are currently receiving outside sheeting in preparation for the exterior brick work.

At the Grandview site, Site Superintendent Darren Winn says everything is on schedule. They are still hanging sheet rock in the administrative office area, but have already begun painting the kitchen.

The PreK/Kindergarten and first/second grade classroom wings are ready for sheet rock, but they are still framing the fourth/fifth grade wing.

They are early into the framing process of the art and music rooms.

The roofs of both locations are dried-in, which means they have them constructed enough to keep the elements out, but have not put on the finishing touches.

exterior sheeting at Blackmore
They are hanging the exterior sheeting on the music and art classrooms at Blackmore.

Grandview Nov 2017
They have begun hanging sheet rock in the administrative office area at Grandview.

January 2018

Construction crews are finishing the drywall painting and "closing in” of the buildings which includes windows being placed. HVAC units are expected to be in place/operational by then of this month, as well as interior preschool playgrounds being graded for turf and equipment. Millwork is being installed in office areas and is scheduled for delivery to begin installing in classrooms in a couple of weeks. Ceilings are being installed in classrooms as well.

drywall at Blackmore
Crews are painting drywall at Blackmore Elementary.

Drone pic of Grandview
Grandview via a drone on January 19, 2018.

March 2018

Drywall is up and being painted, and millwork (cabinetry) is being installed. The finishing on the floors of the bathrooms and kitchen is also finished. Within the month, both HVAC systems will go online.

Plans are underway for moving furnishings and supplies beginning the week after Memorial Day, with possession of the buildings still on target for the first part of July. We've begun conversations about the timeline for demolition of the three existing buildings (Grandview, Jefferson, and Lincoln.)

GE construction March 2018

June 25, 2018

Demolition has begun at the Jefferson site. Both buildings are going through the final checks and punch lists in preparation for the district to take over the buildings. The first furniture deliveries will begin July 2.

Below is a drone video that shows the progress as of July 2017.