Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead Senior Associate Editor

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS classroom addition groundbreaking ceremony was held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the school bus loop.

The ceremony celebrated the progress of the upcoming building being added to LRHS and included speakers such as Principal Dustin Dahlquist, Superintendent Cynthia Saunders, Manatee County School Board Chair Rev. James Golden, and Construction Services Project Manager John Williams.

The new two-story classroom building is beginning construction and is scheduled in 2023.

It will consist of 20 new classrooms, two new labs, a new cooling tower, chiller, replacement boiler, and all associated pumps.

Drawing of the new LRHS addition

Saunders said, “I am thrilled for the development of the new building and want to thank the citizens of Manatee County. This building will enable students to thrive in a better learning environment for many years to come.”

Golden said, “We were approved for this project in 2021, and we are now seeing the work unfold in front of us; there is simply nothing more exciting. All progress requires movement. We want this mission to accomplish two things: not just success for our students, but the opportunity to do and have more.”

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Site work will include relocation of the existing retention pond and a courtyard connecting to the existing building 500.

Williams said, “Out of all projects I’ve been involved with this year, this one is the most special. This project will enhance the environment and infuse the back side of the campus.”

Ajax Building Company will be the construction manager for the project, alongside Hepner Architects.

Ajax Project Director Mike Grill said, “My team has never had a warmer welcome. We have worked on many similar campuses, yet I am extra excited to see this project out until the end.”