10/2015 New Kenmare Public Schools Vo-Tech Project

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 13 to mark the start of construction of the new Vocational-Technical addition to Kenmare High School.

The project includes the expansion of the school’s technical education department with a new, 7,000 square foot standalone facility. The pre-engineered building will be constructed on the north side of the existing school. As part of a comprehensive master plan, it will address the most immediate need of additional space for vocational training in fields such as construction, mechanics and welding to better prepare students wishing to enter the skilled trades upon graduation.

The new Vo-Tech addition will house two classrooms and a shop containing welding stations, and wood and metal fabrication stations with modern power tool equipment.  It will also include restrooms, teacher offices, and room for tool and material storage.  Mechanicals will be tucked away on a separate mezzanine level, creating more available space on a smaller building footprint. Former technical education space in the high school will be converted to traditional classrooms.

Funding for the addition is the result of a voter-approved $2 million bond issue, and the construction budget adheres with a current cost estimate of $1.9 million.

The ground breaking ceremony was held on the school grounds at 300 7th Avenue NE in Kenmare, with city officials and members of the Kenmare administration and school board in attendance. The project is scheduled to be completed in April, 2016.

EAPC Architects Engineers of Fargo is the architect for the project, while Consolidated Construction of Bismarck is the construction manager. Jim Perras is Consolidated Construction’s designated representative.