‘Connecter’ no more at LHS

‘Connecter’ no more at LHS

Piles of rubble and debris stand where the “connecter” at Lincoln High School once did, to be replaced with two stories of new construction, including classrooms, a dining commons and a new library/media center. (Breeze photos by Nicole Dotzenrod)

LINCOLN – The former “connecter,” the central portion of Lincoln High School linking the former middle school to the newer high school, has been largely replaced by piles of rubble and dust.

Demolition on the connecter began at the end of September and is expected to be complete by the end of October, according to project manager Charlie Roberts of Colliers International. Following demolition, Roberts said crews will immediately begin building up. He expects bids for the foundation, steel and site work to be finalized in the next two weeks or so.

The connecter will be replaced with a new, two-story educational hub that includes classroom wings, a dining commons and new library/media commons. At the back of the building, a high extension will house new carpentry and automotive spaces for career and technical education students.

When phase I of the LHS renovation is complete, students will transition into the new classroom spaces so construction can begin on the circa-1954 former middle school and circa-1963 former high school portions of the school flanking the former connecter space.

With the noisier demolition work slated for the afternoons after students have left the building, Roberts said he has not received any complaints concerning the demolition so far, adding that the demolition has been very controlled. Those seeking more information are invited to the next LHS Building Committee meeting tonight, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. inside the LHS cafeteria.