The BMS Renovation
The renovation has begun! BMS is undergoing a tremendous $13.7 million dollar transformation in 2017 that will improve both our outdoor and indoor learning environments. BMS students and staff will return in the fall to an exciting and major makeover at BMS. We’ll communicate what’s happening throughout the summer-- check this website page or Facebook for updates. The front office is expected to reopen on August 21st and the building is expected to reopen on August 28th, but please contact the office at 384-5900 to confirm before your arrival.
- Please Note: All of BMS, including the buildings, the parking lots, and surrounding fields and grounds will be closed on June 8th as constructions kicks into high gear.
In addition to the construction of new spaces such as the movement space and two new classrooms added to create a 7th/8th pod area, many spaces are either moving entirely or getting a complete makeover including: the auditorium, media center (the “Heart of the School), music room, art room, production space, tech lab, makerspace expansion, counseling and health offices, new teacher collaboration and workroom space, a new foyer and front entry/ main offices. New furniture and lockers will complement general improvements to fire sprinklers, windows, carpeting and flooring, HVAC and mechanical repairs, and wall painting are also scheduled. Detailed specifics of the remodel are available HERE.
- Please Note: New Entry Procedures: BMS will be renovated to create a new Safe & Secure main entry where all non-student and non-staff members will need to be buzzed in to access the building via a main office window. We understand this change may take some adjustment in the beginning and we will communicate the new procedure to you in advance of the first day of school.
All exterior grounds are closed this summer. The traffic and parking site between Basalt Middle School and Basalt Elementary will undergo a complete overhaul this summer to alleviate congestion at drop off times for parents and students. In addition to adding over 100 more parking spots to the campus and the new traffic/drop-off lanes, BMS will also receive a new playground, new basketball court, new landscaping, new access to the football fields, and new bleachers.
- Please Note: Pick-up/Drop-off Traffic patterns are changing. Pick-up and drop-off patterns will change dramatically. We will release a traffic diagram before the start to school to help you acclimate to the new traffic flow system and understand where to pick up and drop off your child.
Weekly Construction Updates
Our construction company, FCI, provides weekly status updates on the renovation progress.
5-19-17 FCI BMS Status Report
5-12-17 FCI BMS Status Report
5-5-17 FCI BMS Status Report
4-28-17 FCI BMS Status Report
4-21-17 FCI BMS Status Report
4-14-17 FCI BMS Status Report
4-7-17 FCI BMS Status Report
3-24-17 FCI BMS Status Report
3-17-17 FCI BMS Status Report
3-10-17 FCI BMS Status Report
3-3-17 FCI BMS Status Report
2-24-17 FCI BMS Status Report
2-17-17 FCI BMS Status Report
2-5-17 FCI BMS Status Report
1-27-17 FCI BMS Status Report
1-20-17 FCI BMS Status Report
News & Notes from the Front Office
6/3/17: The Roaring Fork School District has offered extensive information on the Glenwood Springs bridge project and how it may impact down valley families in the fall. For details, visit: http://www.rfsd.k12.co.us/featured/1759-grand-avenue-bridge-detour-solutions-resources.html
6/3/17: The district has provided detailed information on construction impacts at all Basalt schools. Visit the below link, but please note that the Bond Project Fact Sheets linked to on this page are from the original bond proposal and were developed in 2015.
3-3-17: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Traffic Switch to Occur this Week. During the week of March 13, construction crews will initiate a traffic shift on the Pedestrian Underpass Project, located at the intersection of State Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue. Please view the attached PDF for a detailed three-step phase of the shift. There will be various single lane closures in both Upvalley and Downvalley directions as crews paint the roadway, move barriers, and complete paving operations. Delays can be expected. Flaggers will be directing traffic at the intersection of SH 82 and Basalt Avenue. SH 82 Basalt Pedestrian Underpass Project, Public Information Team, Ph. 970-718-5818. Click Here for PDF with more information
2-24-17: This week the access road behind BMS will be closed off for fire piping and the construction of the new staff parking lot. Controlled access from the lunchtime courtyard to the football field will be provided for students, however the basketball court and parking behind the school will now be off limits. Thank you for your patience during this whole construction process.
2-12-17: New areas were approved to start site work recently. Student access will be maintained per this updated phase drawing.
1-25-17: Today we spoke with our construction superintendent about the temperature of the Old Snowmass wing, which is even more frosty than usual due to some HVAC and vent work. Insulation and other proceedures will be put in place to stop the seepage of cold air into that wing through uncovered vents and ensure our students are warm enough to pick up a pencil.
1-24-17: Today we smelled a suspiciously malodorous scent in the foyer at the end of school. Oh no, we thought. Not again! After some detective work, we discovered the culprit was actually a stink bomb and an unlucky middle schooler who forgot about video surveillance.
1-20-17: Concern was expressed about fumes leaching into the foyer during the initial auditorium demolition. When the auditorium demolition began, all auditorium doors were sealed from the inside and exhaust systems were shut down. Fans blew the dust out the side door. The smell was a result of grinding the bolts off the auditorium chair bases (they really didn't want to go...). There was never dust blowing into the foyer, however. Dust may have been tracked back into the foyer through the front doors. Additional fans were added to ensure proper venting away from areas where student congregate.
1-23-17: During removal of auditorium debris, a sewer cap was knocked off by construction crew. Soon thereafter, a rock was found plugging the sewer line. The leakage that occurred during this time was treated with antibacterial solutions. Bathrooms have now returned to full usage.
12-2-16: Principal Ellsperman outlined upcoming renovations in her weekly enewsletter here. The auditorium and library will be closed as of winter break.
11-13-16: Construction fences and job trailers will be going up on the side field to prepare for the beginning of the remodel this winter. View site plan graphic.
For detailed information on the remodel, please visit the following links:
- For information on the interior and exterior renovation related to the 2015 Roaring Fork School District Bond, Click Here
- For information on the construction of our new playground, Click Here
- Althought not a part of the school renovation, Basalt is adding a pedestrian underpass to better connect communities on both sides of Highway 82. For the details, Click Here and Click here. December's update is here