New demolition begins at Farmington High School

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — Demolition has started on a number of Farmington High School campus buildings, and crews continue to work on the high school’s new competition gym.

Classrooms and offices across the Farmington High campus have been relocated as contractor Jaynes Corporation of Farmington prepares to demolish the high school’s 100, 200 and administration buildings, and its library, project manager David Hawthorne said.

Crews are working to remove the asbestos from the buildings that are scheduled to be demolished this summer before the 2016-2017 school year starts in August.

The demolition of buildings continues on Thursday at Farmington High School.

“We’re trying to get them demolished and off campus before any staff or students return,” Hawthorne said.

The first phase of the $73 million project — a three-story, 51,317-square-foot classroom building — recently was completed, according to Hawthorne.

Teachers in the world languages, social studies, and the gifted and special education departments recently relocated to their new classrooms in the new building, Principal Tim Kienitz said.

Workers from Jaynes Corporation of Farmington tear down one of several buildings scheduled to be demolished this summer on the Farmington High School campus.

Building A also houses classrooms for the fashion and interior design, foods and student senate programs.

Kienitz said the staff recently finished relocating classrooms and offices across the campus to prepare for the demolition of the buildings.

“We want to have people be patient with us for the next year and a half,” Kienitz said.

The 214,400-square-foot project to demolish and rebuild most of the campus' buildings is projected to be finished during the summer of 2018.

Offices in the administration building, including the high school’s front desk, principals’ offices and the attendance office, have moved to the 600 building, formerly the foods and fashion design building.

The registrar and guidance offices were moved to the 400 building, along with the office for the bilingual liaison.

Only a portion of the 300 building will be demolished to keep the laboratories open for science classes, Kienitz said.

Don Halsted, Jaynes Corporation of Farmington project supervisor, right, overses the demolition of one of the buildings at Farmington High School on Thursday.

The rest of the academic and elective classes have been scattered to 24 portable classrooms and buildings scheduled to be demolished later.

The current competition gym, cafeteria and fine arts building will not be demolished but will be renovated.

A new weight room and a practice space for the Kelly Greens dance team is planned for the current cafeteria space. The current competition gym will become a secondary gym.

Crews recently started the second phase of construction by laying the foundation of the new competition gym.

During an April 7 district Board of Education meeting, the members approved spending an additional $3.3 million after it became apparent extra work was required for the new gym’s foundation and extensive improvements for the fine arts building.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.