McKinley Elementary opened in 1952. Issues typically seen with older schools - classroom size, acoustics, abatement of asbestos, radon, and other hazardous materials, and safety/security of classrooms – must be addressed in the constantly changing environment of public school buildings. Additionally, as was the case with McKinley, many construction practices used at that time are now deemed unacceptable.
Renovations to McKinley Elementary were badly needed for staff and students. Due to overcrowding, the school had added temporary classrooms in eight trailers on the playground. School flooding from storm water runoff had been a challenge, partially due to the placement and use of the trailers.
In addition to uncovering outdated structural and architectural construction, Crossland overcame several timing challenges to ensure McKinley would open on time for its students at the start of the next school year.
- Renovation of the existing kitchen was a late addition to the summer renovation work. Significant coordination between Crossland and the design team enabled the school to have a fully functional kitchen by the time school began.
- Complex existing electrical feeds meant the new electrical system could be connected only after school dismissed for the summer, requiring an adjustment to finishing items and furniture deliveries originally scheduled for early summer.
- The Oklahoma teacher strike reduced the summer schedule allotment by two weeks, reducing available construction timeframe by nearly a quarter.
Renovations to McKinley Elementary included a full architectural update to the existing 29 classrooms, cafeteria, kitchen, bathrooms, and offices, as well as updated mechanical and electrical systems. The addition included 10 new classrooms, each with child restrooms and teacher workrooms. Four of these classroom groups were built within a FEMA safe room, complete with full-height precast walls, a structural concrete roof, and a backup power system. A new front office was added for administrative staff, which also served as a relocated entry point to the school, complete with an off-street traffic lane for parent drop-off/pick up, a bus loop, and main vestibule security entry.Ultimately, all Crossland school projects have been completed by the time students return to school and we’re proud to say we maintained that record with the McKinley Elementary project.
StateUniversity.com Education Encyclopedia reports the mean age of a school building in the United States as 42 years. Older schools often have small classrooms, limited acoustics, questionable air quality from outdated building materials, and classrooms that are difficult to secure safely.
McKinley Elementary opened in 1952 and renovations were badly needed. Overcrowding had led eight temporary classrooms outside the school in playground trailers, contributing to school flooding from storm water runoff. Additionally, many construction practices from that time are now deemed unacceptable.
Crossland attended schoolboard meetings and consulted with staff early on to thoroughly understand McKinley’s needs and budget. During construction, our teams overcame challenges such as a late-add kitchen renovation, electrical work that couldn’t begin before summer break, and a two-week construction schedule reduction brought on by a teacher strike.
Following project completion, McKinley Elementary enjoyed a full architectural update to 29 existing classrooms, the cafeteria, kitchen, bathrooms, offices, plus updated mechanical and electrical systems. 10 new classrooms were added, four of which were built within a FEMA safe room. A new front office was added, which also served as the relocated school entry point, complete with an off-street traffic lane for parent drop-off/pick up, a bus loop, and main vestibule security entry.
Ultimately, all Crossland school projects have been completed by the time students return to school and we’re proud to say we maintained that record with the McKinley Elementary project.