Quarryview Construction Update
May 09, 2018
Preston Earle, CEO of R A Morton Construction, presented to the Board of Education on May 9th an update on construction progress at Quarryview Education Center in Waite Park, the future home of Early Childhood and Community Education programming. Earle reported that it is an exciting time for the project, in the final stages of completion. Brick is entirely finished on the exterior; metal panels are nearly all installed; plumbing and fixtures are in place. The second floor is mostly complete in its entirety. Scheduled next are sidewalks, curbs and parking lot. View the presentation.
January 10, 2018
John Meyer of R.A. Morton Construction reported to the Board of Education on the Quarryview Education Center project on January 10, 2018, including interior and exterior structural updates.
- View the presentation
Staff, Families and Students Anticipate Quarryview’s Debut in 2018
Driving by the Quarryview Education Center site in Waite Park, you can see clearly the outline of the new facility for Early Childhood and Community Education taking shape. Under construction for several months now, design development is complete and the project is progressing well with footings, foundations and concrete-block installation all in place. Roofing is also well underway. In addition to site work, plans for bus traffic, parking and signage are in progress.
Take a look at the photo album to see what’s developing:
September 14, 2017
At the Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Board of Education Workshop at Apollo High School, Preston Euerle, President and CEO, and John Meyer, Senior Project Manager, with RA Morton Construction Managers, presented an overview on the construction progress at Quarryview Education Center. Euerle reviewed that the groundbreaking took place in April and the project is on target for a July of 2018 completion date, well within budget. Meyer explained some construction challenges, including soil corrections. Footings, foundations, and concrete block installation have all been completed. In addition, site management work has been completed with neighboring Discovery Community School including parking, a bus turn-around and an underground storm water system. Driving by the site, you can see the visible progress of the project. View the Board Presentation.
Quarryview Construction Project
In June of 2014, St. Cloud Area School District 742 Community Education and Early Childhood programs became homeless after a lightning strike burned to the ground the old Roosevelt School on Third Street North in St. Cloud. The programs then moved to temporary space at Discovery Community School in Waite Park and at the Colts Academy preschool site in St. Joseph.
By fall of 2016, concept planning and cost analysis began for a new building for Community Education and Early Childhood at the Discovery site in Waite Park. As the process evolved, RA Morton compiled a construction schedule, taking into account the occupancy requirements of the School District, the duration of the construction process, and the length of time that the bidding process would require. The School Board approved a call for bids on February 8, 2017.
In March, the opening of bids for all construction divisions took place, and RA Morton tabulated and audited the bids. The audit showed the project was under budget by more than one million dollars. The School Board approved the results on March 23, 2017, and contract awards took place immediately after School Board approval. The project officially broke ground on April 26, 2017.
The project has been under construction for three months and is tracking within one week of the original schedule. As with all projects, opportunities arise that the Construction Manager reviews, shares with the School District, and provides solutions to all personnel involved.
During this period, a community naming committee was formed for the new building. It is now known officially as Quarryview Education Center.