Columbia Explorers Academy breaks ground on modular building project

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Columbia Explorers Academy has broken ground on the new modular classroom building project.

The project, Columbia Explorers Elementary School Modular, includes the fabrication and installation of an about 6,700 sq. ft. one story, six classroom prototype temporary modular classroom building at the Columbia Explorers Elementary Academy School in Chicago.

The modular will be constructed by the Public Building Commission of Chicago, which selected OCA Construction as the general contractor.

Columbia Explorers is a neighborhood elementary school. The project is designed to relieve overcrowding at the school by adding six typical classrooms and support spaces.

The modular will include six classrooms; boys and girls toilet rooms and a unisex toilet room opening off a central hallway; and janitor closet, mechanical/pump room, electrical/IT closet and storage closet opening off of the classrooms.

Storage and janitor closets include an access hatch to the crawlspace under the modular building.  Electrical, water, and sewer services will be connected to the utilities and the security/IT/AI systems will be connected to the existing school building.

The fire alarm system will be stand alone with notification to the existing school.  The security/IT/AI systems in the existing school will be upgraded to accommodate the new modular building which will require modifications in the MDF room on the second floor of the existing building and work at exterior doors and corridors, and camera upgrades to the existing system at the separate annex building across 46th Street.

Modular units will be built off-site, delivered to the site, and installed on the site-built foundation; include electrical and water service, and through-wall heat and air conditioning units in each classroom.

The project is expected to be complete by August 2018.

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