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Planning and designing processes are underway for Shorewood's $65 million referendum projects

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The referendum will cover $65 million in capital projects at each of the district's four schools, including safety, security, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, building systems and infrastructure upgrades. Renovations to learning spaces will take place at Lake Bluff and Atwater elementary schools. Shorewood High School's main academic building will get a small expansion. 

The referendum will also cover $275,000 per year in maintenance costs, including maintenance for the capital projects and for ongoing annual costs such as roof, HVAC, asphalt and masonry work at all district schools.

The architectural design process for the projects began in April, the same month voters approved the referendum. The design process is expected to last until April 2020, according to an update from the district.

In May and June, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) consulted with teaching staff and prinicipals to get feedback on initial planning concepts, such as where programs are located and how they function to best serve student needs. The Shorewood community was also involved.

According to the district's update, EUA facilitated a June 18 workshop at which participants shared ideas about historic preservation, how the spaces should feel for students and staff and what the district's facilities should communicate to the broader community. The input will help inform the district's preservation efforts and exterior design, the update said. 

Throughout the summer, the district's management team will develop initial exterior design concepts.

The Shorewood School Board and staff user group is expected to provide design updates Aug. 13. Exterior designs will be presented to the village of Shorewood Design Review Board. Another community design update meeting is expected to be held this fall. 

After the architectural design process, project bidding is slated to take place in May and June 2020. Projects at all schools are expected to begin in June 2020. The renovation at Shorewood Intermediate School is expected to be completed in July 2021; the renovations at Atwater and Lake Bluff Elementary Schools are expected to be completed in July 2022; and the renovation and addition to Shorewood High School are expected to be completed in July 2023.

Alec Johnson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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