The building was constructed in 1961 as the town’s high school and was converted to the middle school in 1971. Student enrollment is currently about 850.
The project involved replacing aging building features, including the roof, floor, lighting, and ceilings, electrical and plumbing systems, and technology equipment. The school has six new science labs, a new, more spacious library, two computer labs, and new administrative offices, all housed in the new addition.
The construction of the addition freed up room in the existing building to dedicate space for art, music, and special education.
Through the use of leftover contingency funds, the district will also be installing an artificial turf field, and, if there is enough money, a new running track.
Workers are completing a “punch-list” of small remaining tasks, and the field should be installed this spring, according to Robinson, who said the project is on budget and ahead of schedule.
Both the Marshall Simonds and Memorial Elementary School projects were built by CTA Construction and designed by KBA Architects.