West High School/Romig Middle School CTE Renovation and Addition

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Cornerstone was selected by the Anchorage School District as Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the design and construction of Career and Technical Education (CTE) additions at West High School, which was originally constructed in 1953 with six significant additions and renovation since, and Romig Middle School, which was originally constructed in 1963 with two renovations since. The project added additional square footages to both schools using ASD Educational Specifications and Design Standards. The work included demolition, renovation, and new construction to address the unique features of each building, as finalized in cooperation with a design team led by Kumin Associates. Both schools remained operational throughout construction.

At West High School, the existing “Cove” structure was demolished to construct a 28,000 SF two-story addition that added 12 new CTE classrooms specifically dedicated to digital media, health sciences, and process technologies curriculum. At Romig Middle School, an existing corridor at the rear of the building (used to access the shared West/Romig library) was repurposed, with new construction adding an 8,000 SF one-story addition with three new classrooms featuring shop, business management, and consumer sciences curriculum.

Cornerstone had several successes during the course of this project, including creative collaboration with the Municipality of Anchorage, effective early selection of key subcontractors, early relocation of campus-wide IT infrastructure for both schools in just three weeks, the turnover of the Romig portion of the work three months ahead of schedule, and maintaining all school operations and excellent relations with the West/Romig communities during construction.