OAK hosts ribbon-cutting for $24.2 million Lehigh Acres Elementary School

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General contractor Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (OAK) says it hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lehigh Acres Elementary School on April 20. Amanecer (meaning sunrise in Spanish) Elementary School will be located on Sunrise Boulevard next to the Lehigh Acres Middle School.

The school has a total project cost of $24,222.284, which includes $2,431,533 of design services; $21,366,092 of construction costs and $419,658.40 of ancillary costs, The Leigh Acres Citizen reported on April 21.

OAK is the construction manager for the school, which will open in August, 2023.

The project architect is ADG Architecture, LLC. Johnson Engineering is the civil engineer, and TLC Engineering Solutions is the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer. The structural engineer is TRC Worldwide Engineering.

Attendees included Lee County School Board members, Lee County Schools administration, elected officials and representatives from the construction team, architects, and engineers, the contractor said in a May 2 statement.

“Amanecer Elementary School will help us serve the rapidly-expanding population here in the East zone and prepare our children to reach their highest potential,” said Lee County School Board member Gwynetta S. Gittens. “This is an exciting time for our community.”

“We are pleased to be a part of this project that will accommodate the rapid growth of students in Lee County,” said OAK Florida president Matthew Zwack. “We are proud to partner with The School District of Lee County again.”

The 127,745 sq. ft., two-story building is on 36 acres shared with Lehigh Acres Middle School (with its own project cost of close to $10 million). The schools will have a common access road, bus loop, and central energy plant.

The campus will have 984 student stations and serve pre-k through fifth grade. The one-story building area is also designed to serve as a community hurricane shelter.  The campus includes a covered play area and sports courts. In addition, it will have updated security measures, including a single point of entry access control and upgraded hardware on all classroom doors.

The OAK project manager is Alesha Watchowski, and the site superintendent is Tim Harkins. Ryan Propp is the director of field operations. Abel Natali is the director of preconstruction


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