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Progress report on Boca’s two new public schools

Addison Mizner’s almost demolished and Verde is almost rebuilt. The former elementary schools will come back as K-8s, combining grade and middle schools. Verde, at 6590 Verde Trail, was razed last summer. Addison Mizner’s famous entry was still standing this week at 199 SW 12th St., but not for long.

Verde’s students were in the holding school on Military Trail. They’ll move into their new school when the district announces reopening. Addison Mizner students will move to the temporary school next. That site will become a permanent elementary school.

Here’s an update from David Dolan, deputy chief of facilities management for the Palm Beach County school district:

Q: Is Verde K-8 finished?

A: Not yet, it will be completed by early August.

Q: What still has to be done for move-in?

A: Final touches, including final inspection and life safety inspections are necessary prior to a temporary certificate of occupation, expected at the end of June.  Furniture and equipment installation will occur throughout July.

Q: Are the parking lots and playing fields at Verde finished, too?

A: The parking lots were expected to be complete last week and the playing field and play court will be finished shortly.

Q: Was Verde be built on the same footprint?

A: No, the school was demolished and a completely new footprint was utilized.

Q: How much bigger than Verde Elementary is it?

A: The old Verde K-5 school campus was approximately 110,000 square feet and the new facility, as an expanded K-8, is 133,000 square feet.

Q: How many classrooms are there?

A: There are 79 classrooms, lab and technology spaces, art and music spaces.

Q: How many students can it accommodate?

A: Approximately 1,350 students.

Q: It looks like Addison Mizner is nearly razed. When will demolition be complete?

A: Beginning of July.

Q: What do you still have to do?

A: Abatement in advance of completing demolition and disposal.

Q: When will you begin constructing the new school?

A: New construction of the expanded K-8 campus will immediately follow demolition in mid-July.

Q: When is that slated to be finished?

A: Occupation slated for August of 2021.

Q: Will 12th Street be closed to traffic at any time during demolition or construction?

A: We do not anticipate having to close 12th Street during demolition or construction.

Q: What else should we know about either site?

A: The new Addison-Mizner campus will accommodate approximately 1,170 students.  The old Addison Mizner K-5 campus was approximately 100,000 square feet and the new K-8 facility will be 122,000 square feet.

By Marci Shatzman

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