By Mike Cook
Las Cruces Bulletin
The $36 million-first phase of the renovation of Las Cruces High School, 1755 El Paseo Road, is nearing completion.
General contractors Wooten Sundt of Las Cruces began construction in June 2013 and the anticipated completion date is the middle of August, Las Cruces Public Schools Director of Construction Gloria Martinez said.
Phase I work has included building new classrooms across El Paseo Road from the school, along with a gateway connector (footbridge) across El Paseo Road and a new administration area and media center.
Funding for the first phase came from construction bonds passed by Las Cruces voters and from the New Mexico Public Schools Capital Outlay Council.
Phase II of the project is expected to start in January 2016, Martinez said. The entire renovation project should be completed in January 2018, she said. The total cost is expected to be about $82 million.
Las Cruces High School was built in 1925 as Las Cruces Union High School. The current building was constructed in 1955.
There are two new traffic lights near Las Cruces High School – one on El Paseo Road and one on Boutz Road. Although they are not yet functional, “We hope to have them up and running by the start of school,” Martinez said. Classes for the 2015-16 school year will begin Monday, Aug. 1.
Remodeling of the Court Youth Center school campus, 410 W. Court Ave., also continues. The project includes renovation of Alma d’arte Charter High School and construction of a new building for J. Paul Taylor Academy. Construction on the J. Paul Taylor Academy building began in February 2015, and is expected to be completed in October or November of this year, Martinez said.
The construction work is being done by Gencon of Las Cruces. Studio D Architects of Las Cruces is continuing to work on the design for the remodeling of Alma d’arte. The total budget for both projects is $9.5 million and comes from bonds approved by Las Cruces voters.
The entire project is expected to be completed in July 2016, Martinez said.
Construction work also continues at: Alameda Elementary School ($1.27 million for re-roofing and remodeling of the nurse’s area); Doña Ana Elementary ($600,000 for a new lift station and $1.63 million for a new roof); Sierra Middle School ($6.5 million to build a new gymnasium and expand existing music classrooms into the current gym space; the Field of Dreams ($1.5 million for a new baseball field); CrossRoads long-term suspension program ($900,000 for new construction in a new location); as well as $580,000 for new security fencing at Alameda, Hermosa Heights and Valley View elementary schools and Mesa, Camino Real, Lynn, Sierra, Vista and Zia middle schools; Mesilla Elementary ($1.23 million for a new roof), the LCPS Professional Development Center ($530,000 for remodeling to accommodate a new flight simulator); and Los Montaňas Charter High School ($2.4 million to convert the current Church of the Rock location into a functional high school facility.