Lowell Building demolished in first phase of new school
After the demolition of the Tech Arts Building in June, Saunders Construction moved on to a heavier task, the Lowell Building.
The Lowell Building has housed many different schools, as well as a recent haunted house during the Halloween season.
“Originally, Lowell was built to be an elementary school, and it is actually the second Lowell school in Englewood. Lowell has also been an early childhood center, a culinary arts program, and the home of ELA for about six years,” Principal Jon Fore said.
With all of the history found in the Lowell Building, one can imagine the effort exerted into its destruction.
“Saunders has contracted with a company called Engineered Demolition. They have been using large excavators to take down all the concrete and steel that held up Lowell,” Fore said.
The Lowell Building was still standing when school started this fall. However, three months into the semester, the building is now leveled.
“They have taken out all of the concrete, bricks and steel, and there is just bare ground left,” Fore said.
Although a hefty task, the demolition of the Lowell Building was at the top of the list for phase one construction. Next on the list is installing new utilities according to Fore.
“Next on the list is installing the new utilities: water, sewage, natural gas and electricity. Most of these [utilities] will be installed below ground. After the utilities are installed, they will start on the site work, which is leveling and preparing the ground for the building foundation,” Fore said.