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October 30, 2017 Article 1 min read

Congratulations on a successful opening! As owner's representative, Plante Moran Cresa assisted the school with planning, oversight of the project budget, review of the project scope, and implementation of an evolving design that would ultimately meet the needs of program.

Two kids learning about a robotics project from a teacher

On October 12, 2017, Farmington Public Schools celebrated the grand opening of the Farmington STEAM Academy. This newly remodeled school will be dedicated to a teaching and learning philosophy that centers on student-directed, project-based learning with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

The Farmington STEAM Academy is part of the school district’s $131.5 million bond program, which passed in 2015. As owner’s representative for the bond program, Plante Moran Cresa assisted the school with planning, oversight of the project budget, review of the project scope, and implementation of an evolving design that would ultimately meet the needs of program.

Renovations to the STEAM Academy building, formerly O.E. Dunckel Middle School, began in January 2017 and were completed in August 2017, just before the start of the 2017–2018 school year. Renovations included the following:

  • Completely remodeling the building interior
  • Creating several maker spaces
  • Installing a new playground equipment
  • Making significant improvements to the parking lots
  • Improving mechanical systems
  • Installing internal and external LED lighting

This year, Farmington STEAM Academy will house approximately 600 students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Next year, the district plans to include eighth grade.

Congratulations to the district and community on a successful opening! We’re looking forward to the next round of projects for the district in 2018, which include improvements to North Farmington High School, Warner Middle School, Beechview Elementary School, Kenbrook Elementary School, and the high school athletic fields.

6 photos of Farmington Public Schools STEAM Academy: exterior, playground, mechanical shops, library, and gym 

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