Construction has begun on the new middle school in northwest Rochester.

Heather Nessler, executive director of communications for Rochester Public Schools, said the construction started Thursday. The location is at the edge of Northwest Rochester, at the intersection of 65th Street Northwest and 55th Avenue Northwest. It is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2022.

Kevin Holm, an architect with the firm LHB, gave an update on the project during the Rochester School Board's meeting on Sept. 15. The presentation included various renderings, as well as an animated walk-through of what the building will look like. The approximate budget for the middle school is $59.24 million, according to information provided to the board.

The middle school is one of the projects funded by a referendum that voters approved in November, amounting to $180.5 million. In addition to the middle school, the major projects to come out of the referendum include a new elementary school that is also under construction, as well as the reconstruction of two existing elementary schools, Longfellow and Harriet Bishop.

Building renderings:

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Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Rendering of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)


Building layouts:

Site plan of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
Site plan of the new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)
The new Rochester Public Schools middle school at 65th Street and 55th Avenue Northwest in Rochester. (Contributed)