Columbus school construction progressing on schedule

Jeff Bermes
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Photos by Marlene Dies

On Aug. 30, every Columbus Elementary School student was given an official tour with project superintendent Roman Domke of Dick Anderson Construction. During the tour, each child was allowed to sign the walls and window ledges of the roughed-in classrooms with permanent markers.

Columbus School District Superintendent Jeff Bermes offered the following update on the school district’s construction project:


The main portion of the Phase One construction project — the kitchen — has been completed. The community is invited (and encouraged) to come in and take a look at what Bermes describes as a state-of-the-art food servicing facility.

“The design team of A&E and the contractor, Dick Anderson Construction, did an outstanding job of providing the school with the kitchen the district will need to serve our growing student population,” Bermes wrote in an update.

The final stage of Phase I for the high school/middle school project is updating the fire alarm system to meet new code requirements, which should be completed in the upcoming weeks.

With Phase I nearing completion at the high school level, the district is moving forward with Phase II design, with construction slated to begin this spring.


The Elementary Phase I construction project is going well and is on track to be completed this December. With the completion of this portion of the project, the school will be moving a number of classrooms to the newly constructed wing, which will allow the remodeling of the southwest portion of the building near the cafeteria, Bermes wrote.

Following the winter break, students will be eating lunch in the southern portion of the gym until Phase II is finished. “We are currently designing the gym-area layout to allow for lunches to be served for our students and while still allowing for our physical education classes during that time,” wrote Bermes, noting that will be accomplished with the installation of a dividing curtain.

As with the high school Phase II project, the district is in the design stages and will start construction on Phase II at the conclusion of the this school year.

“The construction team and district are working very hard to keep our learning environment as uninterrupted and safe as possible while students are in school. With the massive amount of work to the elementary in Phase II we have decided on the start date of June 1, 2020,” wrote Bermes. “I also want to let parents and the community know that we will open East 2nd Avenue Sept. 27 to allow elementary parents easier access to the drop off zones.

“With the start of school, our elementary students were given a special construction viewing of their new building. Each class was given the opportunity to take a tour through the new construction with the Project Superintendent Roman Domke of Dick Anderson Construction. There was a lot of excitement and questions coming from our students. Each student was allowed to sign their name on a stud within the building wall as a memoir of the student body at the time of the construction,” Bermes wrote.

Bermes also wrote that the district would like to “send out a big thank you” to the general contractor Dick Anderson Construction, the Project Engineer AJ Harmon and Project Superintendent, Roman Domke, for all of their hard work on the project and for being interactive with our community and students by being available for tours, providing updates on our website and for being available for our community to answer questions.”

Bermes also wrote that “this is a very exciting time for Columbus Schools, and we cannot express our gratitude enough to this community for supporting this project.”