Fruita Monument debuts renovations Jan. 22

Fruita Monument debuts renovations Jan. 22
Posted on 01/17/2020
fmhs new front inside

Fruita, CO – Members of the public can get a look at the new entryway and commons area at Fruita Monument High School from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Features of the project include:

  • A security vestibule that requires that visitors check in before entering the office or any other part of the school.
  • Expanded cafeteria seating and an open-concept corridor so the cafeteria is no longer walled off.
  • New administrative and student services offices that are all in one area so students and visitors don’t have to go outside to go from office to office on either side of the courtyard.
  • Seven newly remodeled classrooms (4 world language classrooms, 2 art classrooms, and 1 family and consumer sciences classroom).
  • Redesigned pick-up and drop-off area for parents.
  • New school store that sells school apparel as well as snacks and drinks. 

PNCI served as the general contractor and Chamberlin Architects served as the designer on the project, working alongside many local subcontractors, including Austin Civil Group, Big Horn Engineering, Grande River Environmental, Huddleston-Berry Engineering, Lindauer-Dunn Structural Engineers, Mesa Moving, and Western Engineers. 

The 2017 Bond Measure allocated $8.83 million for the Fruita Monument remodel and security vestibule, plus an additional $5.2 million for other maintenance at the school, such as roofing projects, new bleachers in the north gym, updating exhaust systems, and parking lot work. 

The scope of the remodel was smaller at first, but the School Board was able to expand the budget and scope of work using savings from other projects district-wide that came in under budget and $13.9 million in bond funding no longer needed for Orchard Mesa Middle School construction after the district received a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant for that amount. The D51 School Board decided in February 2019 to use a portion of that funding to expand the FMHS remodel project, build a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) addition and outdoor classroom at Central High, and help accommodate full-day kindergarten in D51 elementary schools. 

In all, 38 D51 schools are receiving maintenance or construction under the 2017 Bond Measure. More projects are scheduled for this summer, including several projects at Grand Junction High School. Track all spending and projects at bit.ly/d51bond.
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