Watford Elementary School

Location:Watford City, ND
Contractor:Construction Engineers
Architect:JLG
Engineer:Heyer Engineering
Owner:Watford City

Three months after McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 officials and community members broke ground for Watford City’s second elementary school, the precast walls began going up. The new $35 million, 90,000-square foot school with a 600-student capacity, is scheduled to be open at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The school district has seen its enrollment grow exponentially from 582 students in 2010 to a record enrollment of 1,974 at the start of the 2019-20 school year. In order to meet the enrollment growth, three years ago the district built a new $53 million, 167,672-square foot high school and converted the old high school into an intermediate school.

Wells manufactured and installed more than 75,000 sq. ft. of precast for this project.  The architectural wall panels for the school, both solid and insulated, boast a unique mix of beige sandblast and acid etch finishes as well as a distinctive formliner on additional wall panels facades.  Hollowcore and structure wall panels were used on the interior of the building for both classrooms and the gym area, including a hollowcore mezzanine.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Hollowcore 10” 33,425 333
Wall Architectural Insulated 12” 12’ (6-3-3) 34,913 131
Wall Structural Solid  8” x 10’ interior walls 9,729 34
Totals 78,067 498

Watch a live stream of the construction site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVSp1Se25pg&feature=youtu.be

For more information on this project, please contact Scott Monzelowsky.