Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Work has been getting under way on a remodeling project and addition for the Nebo School District office building in Spanish Fork.

SPANISH FORK — Nebo School Board members said good-bye to life as they know it Wednesday night.

It was the last time the board will meet in the old district offices until after May 2009 while the building is remodeled and gets an addition.

The project will cure the district office's growing pains, said Steve Maughan, Nebo District director of operations.

"We're completely full and there is no place to put more people," Maughan said. "Most of the secretaries have equipment and boxes under their desks because there is no space."

Increased enrollment is one reason the district staff is burgeoning while space is shrinking.

"We've been adding approximately 1,000 students each year for the past five or six years. With that comes more paperwork," he said.

The $6 million district office expansion will include remodeling the existing district offices, as well as creating a two-story addition to join the district office with the old Landmark Alternative High School building, which is next door to the district offices.

The project will add 40,000 square feet to the existing district office.

Construction work began in mid-April, said Chris Houghton, manager of Westland Construction, general contractor for the district's project. The construction company was formed in 1992 and is based in Orem. It has done many school projects for Nebo District.

Workers are simply waiting for district staff to vacate the old building so they can begin.

"You will see a lot of action starting June 1," said Kevin Madsen, owner and principal architect of Kevin Madsen Architects, which is designing the district's project. KMA is based in Provo.

Within the next few weeks, the bulk of the district staff will pack and move to its temporary location at the Nebo Learning Center, 570 S. Main, Springville.

Madsen says he is excited to see the remodel and addition design come to fruition. The challenge was to "tie in three buildings and get them to all look the same."

They are solving one design issue by staining the old high school brick to match the district office brick. It will all be a light brown, Madsen said.

Landmark High is the old Spanish Fork High School building, which was built in 1934. The district offices were built in 1979.

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