Pittsburg Middle School Gym

Educational

Pittsburg, Kansas

Brief Summary

Bond issues are an important way for public schools to improve aging and outdated buildings. Pittsburg voters agreed and supported their school community in March of 2017 by passing a $31 million bond issue to renovate all district schools. Crossland was honored to be selected to create high-quality facilities for their students. Pittsburg Middle School is in a historic building, originally constructed in the 1920s and 30s, and the district wanted classes to continue in this beloved building.  

Crossland attended early-planning school board meetings, along with the architects, Corner Greer & Associates. This led to effective collaboration up front; everyone was in the loop on all project updates. We also provided cost estimates at each design stage, which helped the Pittsburg school district adjust their total projects budget in real time and spend the extra funds elsewhere.
 
Updates to Pittsburg Middle School included a new, competition-size gym, weight room, and a locker room that doubles as a FEMA shelter for the school district. The gym features retractable basketball goals, retractable volleyball nets, and divider curtains that allow for mixed use of the space. The exterior of this project was all decorative sandblasted precast concrete with brick inlays. Using Crossland Prefab for the precast concrete provided quality products that will last for many years to come. It also meant we could provide a budget for the district that fit within their parameters, and helped our team remain in control of the schedule.  

This project was completed on an active school campus, so safety protocols were imperative. Crossland’s award-winning safety program, Drive to Zero – which educates, empowers, and rewards our teams for working safely – meant the project was completed without any safety issues or concerns.  

Several challenges arose during the project, including long lead times and bad soil conditions. When our concrete subcontractor declared bankruptcy mid-project, we utilized innovation in scheduling and planning to keep the project on track. Thanks to our company’s self-performance capabilities, we easily satisfied the concrete needs with our own crews.  

In March of 2017, Pittsburg voters passed a $31 million school bond issue in support of a long-awaited renovation to district schools. Crossland was honored to be selected for the renovations to Pittsburg Middle School, especially given its location in a historic building. Early planning attendance at schoolboard meetings, along with the architects, Corner Greer & Associates, led to effective collaboration up front. Additionally, Crossland provided cost estimates to the district at each design stage, enabling them to adjust their total projects budget in real time and spend the extra funds elsewhere.

Updates to the middle school included a competition-size gym with retractable basketball goals and volleyball nets, and divider curtains that allow for mixed use of the space. A new weight room was also added, along with a locker room that doubles as a FEMA shelter for the school district.  

Using Crossland Prefab for the precast concrete provided quality products that fit within the school district’s budget, and helped our team remain in control of the schedule. Crossland’s award-winning safety program, Drive to Zero, meant the project was completed without any safety issues.
 
Impressively, these important renovations have enabled the district to house another 100 years of education in this building, with construction quality that will last for many years to come. 

Project facts

  • SIZE - 30,250 SQUARE FEET
  • CONTRACT VALUE - $6.7 MILLION
  • DELIVERY METHOD - CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AT RISK
  • SELF-PERFORMANCE - CONCRETE, DEMO, EARTHWORK, ROUGH & FINISH CARPENTRY
  • CLIENT - PITTSBURG COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
  • ARCHITECT - CORNER GREER & ASSOCIATES

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