APRIL 21, 2022

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Breaks Ground on Restoration & Expansion Project

(WYOMING, MI) April 21, 2022 – Community members, administrators, and project partners of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate the start of construction on a two-year restoration and expansion project at Lee Middle / High School. In addition to the shoveling ceremony, the event included a band performance and community cook-out.

BACKGROUND

The three-story building is over 100 years old. In June 2019, a structural failure caused a portion of the school’s roof to collapse. Immediate safety measures were put into place, as the district and community worked to determine the best plan for rebuilding. Those discussions spurred a comprehensive master planning process. In November 2020, the community voted in support of a $17.9 million bond program to fund a major transformation to the building.

“This project is a testament to our community’s unity and support,” said Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael Burde. “Together, we are restoring and improving the school, to ensure it serves our students well for decades to come.”

PROJECT SCOPE

Building Additions

  • New 6,200 sf media center and adjacent flex space, with direct access for community and students
  • New 4,300 sf band room to meet expanding needs
  • Four new classrooms and an academic breakout area for project-based learning
  • New cafeteria / multi-purpose space

Academic Space Renovations

  • Classroom renovations and modern furnishings to create 21st century learning spaces
  • Transformation of existing media center into a flexible learning environment
  • Updated instructional technology

Health & Wellness

  • Addition of modern mechanical systems and air conditioning, to create healthier air quality
  • Conversion of current band room into Community Wellness and Resource Clinic
  • Updating fire alarm and fire suppression systems
  • Improved secure entry for controlled access to the building
  • Increased accessibility, including a second story skywalk
  • Adding roof insulation and replacing old mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment

The $17.9 million bond program is being managed by Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co., and designed by TowerPinkster.

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