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Arts and Communication Magnet Academy

The Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) will undergo replacement of the main building and the addition of new facilities, including new classrooms, cafeteria, kitchen and associated site improvements. Visitor parking will be expanded and re-arranged for safety and efficiency. Portables will be removed and capacity increased to 725.

The existing performing arts building will be retained and incorporated into the replacement building's new 75,000 s.f., two-story design.  During reconstruction, ACMA students and staff will relocate to the "swing" school at the new middle school on 118th during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. ACMA will open September 2021.

Project Cost: $39,432,600
Funding: 2014 Bond
Project Schedule: 07/2019 - 08/2021
Project Status: In Progress


 

Construction Photos and Updates

February 2020 - Science wing and upper classrooms.  Seismic braces - diagonal steel - can be seen at ACMA.

February 2020 - Science wing and upper classrooms.  Seismic braces - diagonal steel - can be seen at ACMA.

February 2020 - Ductwork over the music wing with a ramp to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) entrance at ACMA.

February 2020 - Ductwork over the music wing with a ramp to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) entrance at ACMA.

February 2020 - View into the commons area on the ground floor at ACMA.

February 2020 - View into the commons area on the ground floor at ACMA.

February 2020 - Stacks of metal decking over trusses at ACMA.

February 2020 - Stacks of metal decking over trusses at ACMA.

February 2020 - Plumber hanging copper waterlines in the kitchen area at ACMA.

February 2020 - Plumber hanging copper waterlines in the kitchen area at ACMA.

Aerial before steel installation, Performing Arts Center (PAC) visible.

December 2019/January 2020 - Aerial before steel installation with the Performing Arts Center (PAC) visible at ACMA.

Preparation for final slab in the %22to-be%22 science wing (north end).

December 2019/January 2020 - Preparation for final slab in the "to-be" science wing (north end) at ACMA.

Welding of brace frames and trusses looking east from the %22to-be%22 kitchen area.

December 2019/January 2020 - Welding seismic brace frames and trusses, looking east from the "to-be" kitchen area at ACMA.

Installing steel and placing slab in commons and east classrooms.

December 2019/January 2020 - Installing steel and placing slab in commons and east classrooms at ACMA.

Installing steel in the music wing and administration offices (south end).

December 2019/January 2020 - Installing steel in the music wing and administration offices (south end) at ACMA.

November 2019 Workers installing underground detention system at ACMA.

November 2019 - Workers installing underground detention system at ACMA.

November 2019 Aerial looking south at new ACMA.

November 2019 - Aerial looking south at new ACMA.

November 2019 Aerial looking southwest at ACMA site.

November 2019 - Aerial looking southwest at ACMA site.

November 2019 Trusses and steel decking arrive onsite at ACMA.

November 2019 - Trusses and steel decking arrive onsite at ACMA.

November 2019 View of stem walls ready for drain mat at ACMA.

November 2019 -  View of stem walls ready for drain mat at ACMA.

Aerial of the New ACMA Site - Looking North with the Theater

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - Performing Arts Center (PAC) looking north.

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - looking south.

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - looking south.

Aerial of the New ACMA Site - Pouring Footings

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - placing footings.

Aerial of the New ACMA Site - Footings Getting Framed Looking South

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - framing footings looking south.

Aerial of the New ACMA Site - Infill of the Old Basement Area

October 2019 - Aerial of the new ACMA site - infill of old basement area.

Groundbreaking ceremony at the ACMA site.

September 2019 - Groundbreaking ceremony at the ACMA site.

Groundbreaking ceremony at the ACMA site.

September 2019 - Groundbreaking ceremony at the ACMA site.

Groundbreaking ceremony at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) construction site.

September 2019 - Groundbreaking ceremony at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) construction site.

Aerial view of the ACMA construction site.

September 2019 - Aerial view of the ACMA construction site.

Site preparation begins at the ACMA site.

September 2019 - Site preparation begins at the ACMA site.

Aerial view at ACMA.

August 2019 -  Clearing the ACMA building site.

Aerial view at ACMA.

August 2019 -  ACMA building demolition underway.

Aerial view at ACMA.

August 2019 - Aerial view of ACMA building demolition.

 Removal of portables at ACMA.

July 2019 - Removal of portables at ACMA.

The eastern parking lot before demolition at ACMA.

July 2019 - The eastern parking lot before demolition at ACMA.

Aerial view at ACMA.

July 2019 - Aerial view at ACMA.

ACMA New Construction FAQ

In order to address concerns that have been raised by some staff, parents, and students, we are providing this FAQ to provide clarity regarding the process and scope for construction of the new ACMA building and campus.

First, Principal Bjorn Paige has prepared an excellent presentation that compares the existing building to what will be delivered in this project. He also addresses several of the issues discussed below. This presentation was shared with ACMA parents during a March 5, 2019 information night. It is available here: ACMA New Construction Overview

Updated: 3/15/2018