Luxemburg-Casco is a rural school district of almost 2,000 students northeast of Green Bay, Wis. Local residents passed a $27.8-million referendum in April 2018 to construct a new middle school and to renovate the existing facilities at its three other schools. In the process, the middle school was moved from the nearby town of Casco to adjoin the existing high school, giving the district a single campus for all of its educational facilities.
The new Luxemburg-Casco Middle School, which opened for the 2020-21 academic year, has more than 20 classrooms to serve seventh- and eighth-grade students, along with dedicated space for technical education, family and consumer science, and art education.
Renovation work within the L-C high school building, constructed in 1968, included a modernized library/media center, an upgraded kitchen to handle both middle- and high-school students, the student lunchroom, a relocated main office, a weight room for student-athletes which could double as a community fitness center after hours, and upgraded auto-shop and technical-education areas.
Added to the high school were a three-station gymnasium with new team locker rooms and upgraded concessions, a wrestling room, a multi-purpose room and the first-ever school store.
H.J. Martin and Son had a multi-faceted role in the Luxemburg-Casco referendum project. The company handled all of the flooring work, from concrete polishing, to traditional carpet and vinyl products, to ceramic tile and specialized sports flooring. It also hung acoustical ceiling tiles and grids throughout the new middle school and in renovated areas of the existing high school.
The Walls & Ceilings division utilized a single installer over the three-month period from March-May 2020 to complete the majority of the middle-school work. Approximately 80,000 square feet of white-tiled acoustic ceilings were installed, in addition to ceiling grid.
Acoustical ceilings were installed throughout corridors and classroom areas, including ceiling clouds in the science rooms, which had high ceilings. Ceiling installations also took place in all of the renovated spaces within the high school, plus many areas of the new gym complex.
The project manager complimented H.J. Martin and Son for its ceiling installer’s flexibility in moving around to complete work as other sub-contractors finished up.
Polished concrete, featuring a bright, glossy look and low-maintenance requirements, was a major aspect of the Luxemburg-Casco schools project. Four installers from the nationally regarded team of H.J. Martin and Son performed the work over a three-month timeframe.
Within the middle school, concrete polishing was done in all classrooms, hallways, restrooms and locker rooms. A custom “LC” logo was burnished into the polished concrete at the combined entrance for the middle and high schools.
The lobby of the new gymnasium, roughly 1,100 square feet, along with the adjacent corridors, restrooms and locker rooms, also utilized polished concrete. A large, Luxemburg-Casco Spartan logo was embedded just inside the gym’s main doors.
H.J. Martin and Son additionally resurfaced the existing, weathered floor within the original portion of the high school.
The installation of new flooring also was part of the company’s participation in the L-C project.
A crew of 2-3 flooring installers laid approximately 20,000 square feet of Armstrong luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and vinyl composition tile (VCT), along with nora® rubber flooring. The combined middle-/high-school lunchroom and four newly created classrooms were among the areas to receive vinyl.
Ecore, an athletic flooring solution with ergonomic and acoustic properties, was installed in the weight room/fitness center. Fourteen Spartan heads, representing the school’s logo, were a unique aspect of the work. Each lifting station had a Spartan head amidst the 1.5-inch rubber mat product.
The Ecore installation had to be completed on a tight time frame so that the weight room was ready for the delivery of the fitness equipment for assembly.
H.J. Martin and Son also added gray, walk-off carpet tile from J+J Flooring in the gymnasium’s main foyer, covering the high traffic area of the entryway to the gym itself.
Two company tile installers oversaw an extensive ceramic-tile installation. The work included bathroom and shower areas for the boy’s and girl’s locker rooms of the high school and middle school. It also entailed all student and staff restrooms in the new middle school, along with the public restrooms of the new gymnasium.