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September 2015

See the photos from our opening reception at this link!

See more photos of the new space here:

 

August 21, 2015

Dear Headwaters Community,

We are thrilled to announce that the city granted our Temporary Certificate of Occupancy today on the Elementary campus, and we are able to begin moving into the new building today as anticipated. The classrooms are beautiful, and we can’t wait for you to see them. (Elementary parents, see the circle drive map to follow for the first week of school at this link.)

We hope your calendars are marked for the Opening Reception on Friday, September 11 from 5-6 p.m.

All the best,

Ted

Ted Graf
Head of School
headofschool@headwaters.org

P.S. Here are some photos from the week:

 

July 27, 2015

July 20, 2015
Our contractor, American Constructors, has worked diligently to make up for the time lost due to the record rainfall in May and June (there were 29 rain days). They have made tremendous progress, and the new building is on track to be finished by the beginning of August. However, the rain caused delays in the paving of the parking lot and fire lane and in the creation of the rain garden pond (for water retention). These items must be completed before the city will issue us our Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). We are not allowed to move any items into the new building before we get the TCO.

School will begin for all students on Monday, August 24 as planned. Based on input from American Constructors and the city inspectors, we expect to have the TCO on August 21, at which point we will be able to get into the building to set up the classrooms. We have created an alternate plan for our two Early Elementary (2nd/3rd grade) classes and our Upper Elementary (4th/5th grade) Phoenix class for the first week of school while those classrooms are being set up

 

May 26, 2015

May Aerial Progress Images:

 

April 1, 2015

Upcoming Activities

  • Underground site utilities (water/wastewater/storm) will be installed (this includes work directly behind existing facility).
  • Pond construction will begin (installation of liner, gravel, perforated pipes).
  • Underground plumbing lines in the building pad will be installed.
  • Excavation for concrete grade beams, rebar installation, and concrete slab formwork will begin.

March 16, 2015

Aerial Progress Images:

We have received our official building permit for the classroom structure, and our contractor expects to begin pouring foundation in the next two weeks.

We worked with our architect, the city arborist, and the city environmentalist to determine a plan for tree preservation. The buildings were strategically placed to avoid removing the largest, healthiest trees. We also worked with the arborist to save groups of smaller trees, which made excavation more challenging, but which will beautify the campus and preserve some of the natural habitat for the future. The city arborist and environmentalist will continue to monitor the site to ensure the health and safety of the trees.

The property will also have a rain garden instead of a traditional water retention pond. This rain garden will be filled with native plants and will further enhance the natural beauty of the site.

 

February 6, 2015

New renderings from the architect!

 

January 31, 2015 Update

We are happy to announce that the Elementary construction site plan was approved by the city yesterday afternoon!

Our contractor will continue with site prep, which includes fencing, protecting trees, and erosion control. The construction site will be completely fenced, and at this time will not impact the existing Elementary site.

We are still on track to begin site development and construction in mid-February. At this time, construction is still projected to be finalized by the end of July 2015. As we begin the project, we will be monitoring the timeline weekly and updates will be posted on this page.

Below are some architectural renderings from our architect, Tim Derrington.

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January 12, 2015 Update

The Elementary construction site plan is in final review with the city and we expect completion of this step of the process by the end of January.

In the coming weeks, our contractor will begin site prep, which includes fencing, protecting trees, and erosion control. The construction site will be completely fenced, and at this time will not impact the existing Elementary site.

We are on track to begin site development and construction in mid-February. At this time, construction is projected to be finalized by the end of July 2015. See a floor plan from our architect, Tim Derrington, at the bottom of this email. As we begin the project, we will be monitoring the timeline weekly and updates will be posted on the website at this link.

Please reach out to Steve Blanchard at headofschool@headwaters.org with any questions.

Phase1FloorPlan

 

December 18, 2014 Update

At its December meeting, the Headwaters Board of Trustees officially approved the next phase of our Elementary campus development. Phase One of the project will include extending the circle drive; adding additional parking; constructing a building to hold our three Early Elementary (2nd/3rd grade) classrooms; and adding a Y-8 soccer field, sport court, and open play space.

We will also be making minor enhancements to the existing Elementary building over the summer to enlarge our three K-1 classrooms and to accommodate the new Upper Elementary (4th/5th grade) classroom that will move into the existing building in the next school year. The second Upper Elementary class will remain in the current Upper Elementary classroom (“The Big Avocado”).

The site plan and the building permit are both in the final stages of approval with the City of Austin. We will send out an update as soon as we have the official site plan approval from the city and know a firm construction timeline. We hope to begin moving dirt in February, with the space being finished in early August. We are excited about this next stage of our school’s development!

 

 

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