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School remodeling projects underway
by LOUISE R. SHAW
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A rendering illustrates proposed upgrades at Viewmont High School. Phase one will soon begin.
A rendering illustrates proposed upgrades at Viewmont High School. Phase one will soon begin.
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BOUNTIFUL—Viewmont High will undergo extensive renovations in one of many projects financed by the $298 million bond measure voters approved in 2015.

The $20 million undertaking at Viewmont will give the school a new façade, plus a new counseling center, media center, science rooms, gymnasium and auditorium.

Even better for those who work and learn inside, the entire building will get air conditioning, according to information from the district.

The first phase of the upgrade will include construction of a new auto shop and wood/metals shop on the east end of the existing building. It will also include improvements to the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and a new parking lot at the southeast corner of school property.

That phase was approved by the Davis School District Board of Education at its June 7 meeting and is expected to be complete in January 2017. Two other phases will likely take until August 2018.

Naylor Wentworth Lund is architect on the remodel and Okland Construction has been hired as contractor. Both architects and district administrators have met with parents, faculty and people in the community for input on the project.

Woods Cross High is also undergoing an extensive remodeling project, theirs at a cost of $19.5 million. Of that amount, $7.5 million will come from the bond passed by voters in 2009.

The improvements at Woods Cross are also set to be complete by August 2018. Seven new classrooms will be added on the east side of the building in the first phase, including new chemistry and biology classrooms. Administrative offices and a counseling center are also planned, and the clothing and foods labs will be relocated to the area now used for science classes in future phases. 

Design for that project is by GSBS Architects and work will be overseen by Hughes General Contractors.

Board members also authorized heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements at Clearfield High and “a series of efficient swamp coolers” at Holbrook Elementary in Bountiful.

Parking remodels and additions will take place at Antelope, Bountiful, Knowlton, Muir and Whitesides elementary schools.

Those projects are expected to be complete by mid-August this year.

The biggest project underway thanks to community support of the bond measure, is the new $76 million high school in Farmington. A groundbreaking ceremony for the school took place in May and construction has begun, with an expected completion date of July 2018.

Two elementary schools, one in Farmington and another in Kaysville, were financed by the 2009 bond and are set to open this fall.

Other projects that will be phased in over the next few years, include a new junior high in west Layton, two new elementary schools, additions or remodeling at Mountain High, Sunset Junior and Mueller Park junior highs and a rebuild of West Bountiful Elementary, which is now more than 60 years old.

Information on bond projects can be found at davis.k12.ut.us by following the link to “Room to Learn.”

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