We are nearing the end of the new construction of the brand new, modern, and exciting Neal project. We have worked long days and hours, pushing to get this building ready for the community, families, and students after the November holiday. We can’t wait for you to see the finished product, we know students and teachers will love the bright colors throughout, the natural light around every corner, and the thoughtful design to support student learning and social emotional learning. We are so grateful for the project team and entire community for staying committed to making this the most transformational project in North Chicago. Stay tuned for more details related to the official opening coming soon!
Warmer and dryer weather means the tarp enclosing the exterior of the building has been removed! While lots of work will continue to prep the exterior for windows and metal panels, there has been great progress continuing with the interior of the building, including all mechanical, plumbing and electrical system installation and some drywall in classrooms. In April, the Project Team was able to join the sixth-grade science classes to make real life connections with lessons on building a structure and the measures necessary to ensure it is weatherproof and well insulated (see photos below). The team will continue to push through the Summer to ensure a Fall 2022 opening!
While the exterior of the new NMSA will continue to be enclosed until warmer weather, there is a lot of activities being done inside the structure. Interior walls are being framed for the classrooms, offices, and common spaces. All of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are being installed (this is a major milestone!). The learning stair is almost complete, which will be such an important piece of this new building for students, families, and community to gather. We are excited about the progress taking place inside the building and are on track for a Fall 2022 opening!