Construction Projects Round a Final Corner

New Tatanka Elementary Entrance and Additions

On November 4, 2014 BHM District residents approved a $33 million bond referendum to address the issues of: safety and security; technology; deferred maintenance; building additions; and activity venues. Work began on the list of projects in early May 2015. Below is a list of projects that are already finished or are in progress: (Click on the left image to enlarge the exterior view of Tatanka Elementary STEM School and scroll down to see the photo albums of the various projects.)

2017 Construction–Going into the Homestretch

Overall, Mother Nature has certainly cooperated with the string of bond construction projects around the district. Projects are finishing primarily on time and within the allocated budget for the project. While many of the big projects are completed (Tatanka Elementary STEM School additions, the Buffalo High School (BHS) athletic fields, the Buffalo Community Middle School pool area and the Hanover Elementary office/entrance) there are a few more to go, most notably the gym and performing arts space at BHS and the new Discovery Elementary office/entrance.

Below is a listing of the projects that have been completed, those that are in progress and those that will begin this spring/summer.

Discovery Elementary

  • Gym floor refinished
  • New kid-size tennis courts and basketball courts, along with an ECFE playground in the former location of the two full-sized tennis courts just north of Discovery
  • Auditorium steps removed and patio completed
  • Security cameras upgraded 
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Secure entrance/new Discovery Elementary Office
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Parking lot expansion
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Partial roof replacement
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Tuck pointing exterior walls and openings


Hanover Elementary

  • New office/entrance
  • Old office area converted into a kindergarten classroom
  • HVAC modifications (heating and cooling system)
  • Roof replaced


Montrose Elementary

  • Sidewalk replaced
  • Cafeteria/gym floor replaced
  • Finished west-side window replacement
  • Security cameras upgraded  


Northwinds Elementary

  • Replaced intercom and bell system
  • Seal coated the parking lot and paths
  • Exterior wall repair and painting completed


Parkside Elementary

  • Added parking lot and asphalt work
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Health office expansion
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Wall repair and partial roof replacement
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Tuck pointing exterior walls and openings


Tatanka Elementary STEM School

  • Cafeteria/gym floor replaced
  • Secure entrance completed
  • Added four kindergarten classrooms
  • Added a music room
  • Added a gym
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Old office area to be converted into special education spaces
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Small gym to be converted into a STEM lab


Buffalo Community Middle School

  • Added 5 security cameras and system upgrades
  • Added power bleacher pullers
  • Replaced over 500 lockers
  • Replaced carpet--21,500 square feet (media center, halls, some classrooms and front offices)
  • Six Northstar classrooms have new hallway access
  • Pool HVAC (heating ventilation air conditioning) and water filtration systems replaced
  • Pool family locker rooms and storage created
  • Partial roof replacement completed
  • Two health classrooms and new exterior pool entrance completed
  • Spring/Summer 2017–Restoring the west parking lot


Buffalo High School

  • Added 6 security cameras and system upgrades
  • Replaced intercom and bell system
  • Classroom renovations for special education completed
  • Athletic field additions and upgrades completed
  • Roof replacement project (phase two) and masonry restoration completed
  • North parking lot replaced
  • In Progress to be completed early June 2017–Additional gym space
  • In Progress to be completed early June 2017–multi-purpose fine arts classroom and storage


District-Wide Technology Projects

  • Increased wireless access points
  • Phone system upgraded
BHM Bond Projects Graphic
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BHM Bond Projects (PDF - 317.69 KB)

Review the list of projects that were passed as a part of the 2014 bond election. The projects listed are all slated to be completed within the next three years.

Discovery ECFE Playground (Tennis Court Removal)

The tennis courts located next to Discovery Elementary have been removed to make way for the Early Childhood Family Educaiton playground equipment, four kid-sized tennis courts and a basketball court. The playground and basketball court have been moved into this new area to make room for the parking lot addition that will happen in the spring/summer of 2017.

Discovery Elementary/Center Projects

A new Discovery Elementary office/entrance and an expanded parking lot will begin to take shape in the spring/summer of 2017. A couple of the projects have already been completed. The basketball courts and playground have been relocated to the old tennis court area to make room for the parking-lot expansion. The steps in front of the auditorium have been removed and in it's place is a shortened patio area (outside of the auditorium) with green space below (sidewalk level).

BCMS Carpet and Locker Replacement and Northstar Remodel

Crews replaced 21,500 square feet of carpet around the school (media center, hallways, some classrooms, front office areas, etc.). Over 500 lockers were replaced completing the locker replacement project that has spaned over the last few years. The Northstar area of the school was also remodeled to include a hallway with individual entrances to classrooms (previously students walked through classrooms to get to another classroom).

BCMS Pool Area Projects

Work began in May 2016 on the Buffalo Community Middle School pool project. The majority of the work was on the new ventilation system for the pool area. Other improvements included: new entrance for the public, two new family locker rooms, a family/handicap accissible bathroom, storage space and two new health classrooms. The first completion date was in mid-August 2016 to get swimmers into the pool, the rest of the project (projects outside of the pool area) was completed by November, 2016.

BHS New Gym and Performing Arts Classroom Space

By December 2, 2016, crews began digging up the ground to add a new multi-purpose fine arts classroom and storage space by the Performing Arts Center and new gym space on the north side of Buffalo High School. Both projects are expected to be completed by early June (before the end of the school year).


BHS Activity Fields

Construction began on the Buffalo High School (BHS) activity fields on Monday, August 3, 2015. Work extended into the winter months and was substantially completed by August 2016, in time for the fall sports season (football and soccer). Baseball fields, softball fields and the track and field will be ready for use in the spring of 2017 (newly planted grass). Read more...

BHS Roof Replacement Project

Almost 120,000 square feet of the Buffalo High School (BHS) roof was replaced in the summer of 2015 (roughly 2/3 of the roof replacement project). That area covered the north side of the building. Just over 55,000 square feet was completed in the summer of 2016. That area covers the academic side of the building or the south side. The north side was completed first because that is was the side with the most issues. Both projects are now complete.

Hanover Elementary Entrance and Kindergarten Classroom Addition

Construction of the new, more secure entrance at Hanover Elementary and the new kindergarten classroom (former office area) was primarily completed in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Parkside Parking Lot and Sidewalk Replacement

During the summer of 2015, Parkside Elementary added a new 60-stall parking lot on the north side of the building to help with parking constraints around the school. They have also made some repairs to sections of the sidewalk (the sidewalk work is not part of the bond).