Lyons Township High School summer projects in full swing

Construction is proceeding on time or ahead of schedule on six major projects totaling $22.5 million at Lyons Township High School, the superintendent reports.

“Work on the Reber Center and the cafeteria at the north campus is in full swing, and both have been completely gutted,” said Superintendent Tim Kilrea.

Massive refuse bins filled with debris surround the main building of the north campus for juniors and seniors in La Grange, which is closed for the summer. The main office has been relocated to the Vaughn Building on the north side of Cossitt Avenue, where some summer programs are being held.

Portions of the Vaughn Building also are closed for remodeling, including installation of new ceiling tiles in the gym, which will serve as the cafeteria until March. Food will be prepared in the kitchen at the south campus in Western Springs and transported to La Grange.

Plans for the layout and operation of the temporary cafeteria have been developed in meetings since January, Kilrea said.

A number of programs still are being held at the Vaughn Building, including swim classes, band, orchestra, girls basketball and rock climbing.

“We’ve not pulled back on our summer offering,” Kilrea said.

Most summer classes are being held at the south campus, he said.

Acoustical tile and the heating and air-conditioning system above the Reber Center will be replaced to reduce noise during performances in the auditorium. An additional 14 or 15 classrooms may be air-conditioned with the new system.

Also at the north campus, the cafeteria will be expanded and renovated, and the locker rooms will be upgraded.

At the south campus, the tennis courts will be reconstructed and the main entrance reconfigured to improve security. A portion of the roof also will be replaced.

Eight science labs at both campuses will be renovated.

“Asbestos removal is ahead of schedule and just about complete, which will allow us earlier access to projects at the north campus,” Kilrea said. “A small portion remains to be done at the main office of the south campus, which will take place when summer school is over.”

Good weather has been a factor in keeping construction schedules on time, Kilrea said, particularly for replacing a portion of the roof at the south campus.

Six of the science labs undergoing remodeling are at the south campus, where classes were relocated during the last week of school to get a jump on construction, the superintendent said.

Henry Brothers Construction, based in Hickory Hills, has recommended an electrical fire safety contractor be hired to improve the basement ceiling at the north campus, where a lot of wires and electrical boxes were discovered when a dropped ceiling was removed. The board agreed to allocate up to $25,000 for the project.

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