Current COVID-19 restrictions preclude us from safely conducting a physical open house for the public, but Principal OJ Gulley proudly hosts a virtual tour to introduce the new building wing at Evergreen Middle School.
Adding 18,000 square feet of space to the school, construction was completed in late spring 2020, and the addition is now fully furnished and ready for the eventual return of students and staff to Evergreen. It houses a bright and spacious media center along with six classrooms that can accommodate a growing enrollment. A special feature is an enclosed courtyard between the addition and the commons area.
The new building wing completes bond projects at Evergreen after last year’s extensive renovations of the commons, conversion of the old media center to classrooms, and other improvements to the main building.
May 11, 2020
Photos 1-2: the countertop for the circulation desk is being installed, adding the final finishing touch to the media center.
Photo 3: a crew member installs a security camera outside of the main entrance, part of enhanced security measures implemented at Evergreen.
April 21, 2020
Photos 1-3: furniture is being delivered to the media center and classrooms.
Photo 4: the classroom corridor absolutely gleams after post-construction cleaning.
Photo 5: the finished corridor connection to the main school entrance.
Photo 6: at the south entrance, the corridor extends into the commons area to the right.
Photo 7: outside, crew members are restoring the field adjacent to the tennis courts; it had been used as a mobilizing area for the construction crews.
April 14, 2020
Photo 1: the south entrance into the building addition and media center is completed.
Photos 2-6: Crews are cleaning throughout the building. Furniture is expected to be moved in this week.
April 6, 2020
Finishing touches are being added throughout the building, including paneling on the corridor walls, tackboard in the classrooms, finished cabinetry in the media center and classrooms, and railings at the south entry to the media center.
March 30, 2020
Photo 1: the courtyard, with entrances from the commons and the building addition, provides an enclosed, outdoor area for students.
Photo 2: an aerial view provides a peek into the courtyard area facing toward the southeast.
Photo 3: this aerial view facing northwest shows striping for the basketball courts has been completed and the beginning of restoration of the adjacent field.
Photo 4: the scoreboard has been re-installed on the football field.
Photo 5: the tie-in from the main entrance to the new classroom corridor is ready for polishing.
Photo 6: the classroom corridor is finished.
Photo 7: cabinetry has been installed in the new classrooms.
Photo 8-11: the restrooms have motion-sensitive faucets on both sides of the partition. Behind this partition, there are separate boys and girls bathrooms at each side as well as two gender-neutral bathrooms in the center.
Photo 12: the media center is getting finishing touches after the installation of cabinetry and carpeting.
March 23, 2020
Video of the current status of construction:
March 10, 2020
Photo 1: the south entrance provides a welcoming area into the media center.
Photo 2: a nearly-finished classroom looks out into the courtyard.
Photo 3: the ceiling and painting are finished in the classroom corridor.
Photo 4: ceiling tiles continue to be installed in the media center.
March 4, 2020
Photos 1 and 2: interior painting is wrapping up and lockers have been installed in the classroom hallway.
Photo 3: a classroom is awaiting the finishing touches.
Photo 4: wood slats and lighting have been installed on the ceiling of this section of the classroom hallway.
Photo 5: the entrance into the media center from the west side. Entry doors from the back of the school are on the left side. Windows and doors to the inner courtyard are on the right side.
Photo 6: the media center is directly ahead, accessed via the classroom hallway or the entryway.
Photo 7: the ceiling of the media center is being completed, along with installation of lighting fixtures.
Photo 8: work continues to complete the covered area in the inner courtyard.
Photo 1: A construction crew member uses a tractor to spread dirt and rock for landscaping.
Photo 2: Construction workers get a sunny day to work on the new drive and landscape.
Photo 3: Water testing on exterior windows begins.
Photo 4: A construction crew member continues with ceiling work.
Photo 1: A construction crew member starts polishing the concrete floors in the classrooms of the new addition.
Photo 2: A construction crew member installing exterior windows outside the classrooms of the new addition.
Photo 3: An exterior view of the progress to the new addition.
Photo 4: A construction crew member puts up drywall in the hallways of the new addition.
Photo 5: Construction crew members put up drywall in the hallways of the new addition.
Photo 6: Construction crews catch a break in the weather while working on the roof of the new addition.
Jan. 21, 2020
Photos 1 and 2: there is a lot of overhead work that includes installation of conduit and ceiling grid.
Photo 3: the bathroom area is nearly ready for painting and installation of fixtures.
Photo 4: the large picture window in the northeast corner of the media center brings in natural daylight.
Photo 5: more daylighting will be brought in by windows on the south side.
Photo 6: outside, crew members build forms for a concrete ramp into the south entrance of the media center.
Jan. 14, 2020
Photo 1: the media center area of the building addition is starting to be sheetrocked.
Photo 2: inside a classroom, fixtures and tiles are being installed in the ceiling grid above.
Photo 3: the classroom hallway has been completely painted.
Photo 4: offices and rooms in the media center area have been sheetrocked.
Photo 5: a crew member installs and connects HVAC ductwork in the media center.
Photo 6: roof joists are being installed in the plaza's covered area.
Photo 7: crew members work under the roof of the connecting corridor between the commons and the media center.
Jan. 7, 2020
Photos 1 and 2: sheetrock in the hallway and classrooms is being prepared for painting.
Photo 3: construction and ductwork continue in the library area.
Photo 4: crew members work on the corridor connecting the media center to the commons.
Photo 5: the doorways to the back entrance to the media center are framed.
Sept. 23, 2019 - start erecting concrete tilt walls.
Aug. 30, 2019 - construction of interior renovations completed.
June 18, 2019 - renovation begins on interior hallways, cafeteria/commons, and existing classrooms.
June 6, 2019 - light grading and removal of the concrete in the area of the media center addition begins.
April 29, 2019 - demolition work on the old library has begun.
March 19, 2019 - Project crews have started mobilizing and installing security fencing around the addition construction area.
April 2018 - started schematic (rough) design phase.