Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III, Principal Lakesha M. Wilson-Rochelle and district representatives gathered at Scott Lake Elementary Oct. 5 to break ground on its general obligation bond (GOB) construction project at the Northwest Miami-Dade school.

Slated to be completed on August 2018, the school district estimates the project will cost $3.5 million. Some of the planned renovations include a new 10,546 square feet, one-story building with 10 primary classrooms for 180 new student stations; demolition of three classroom buildings; new ceiling, lighting and flooring throughout; new bus drop off and covered walkway; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades and windows replacement throughout; renovations of existing kitchen/dining, and three classroom buildings; and upgrades throughout.

The school has an enrollment of 484 and serves students in Pre-K through fifth grade. Scott Lake Elementary is located at 1160 NW 175th St. in Miami Gardens.

The School Board commissioned Rodriguez Architects as the architect of record for the project. The architect is both M/WBE and SMBE certified and has committed to a 32 percent SMBE participation goal for sub-consultants.