James Blair

  • 10/13/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel and roof decking in Unit B Began installing roof decking in Unit C locker rooms Continued exterior metal framing Continued load-bearing masonry in Units A3 and B3 Started installing sprinkler pipe in Units B2 and A2 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progressed Continued […]Read More »
  • 10/5/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel and roof decking in Unit B Began exterior metal framing in Unit B Continued load-bearing masonry in Units A3, C, and D Continued veneer brick on the Unit A low roof Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progressed Continued hanging ductwork in Units B2, […]Read More »
  • 9/29/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued roof structural steel and joists in Unit B Continued load-bearing masonry in Units A3, C, and D Continued veneer brick on the Unit A low roof Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B2, A2, B1, and A1 Continued chilled water […]Read More »
  • 9/22/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Started roof structural steel and joists in Unit B Continued load-bearing masonry in Units A3, C, and D Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B2, A2, B1, and A1 Continued chilled water piping in the mechanical chases Continued domestic water piping […]Read More »
  • 9/15/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued load-bearing masonry in Units B3, C, and D Poured the remainder of the Gathering Stairs Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B1, A1, B2, and A2 Continued chilled water piping in Units A1, B1, and B2 Continued domestic water piping […]Read More »
  • 9/8/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel and joists in Units C and D Continued load-bearing masonry in Units B3, C, and D Poured a portion of the Gathering Stairs Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B1, A1, B2, and started in Unit A2 Continued […]Read More »
  • 9/1/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Completed structural steel, joists, and decking in Unit A3 Started structural steel in Unit C Auditeria Continued load-bearing masonry in Units B3, C, and D Continued forming the Gathering Stairs and installing reinforcing bar Poured the elevated deck in Unit A3 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work […]Read More »
  • 7/24/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel, joists, and decking in Unit A3 Continued load-bearing masonry in Units B3, C, and D Continued forming the Gathering Stairs and installing reinforcing bar Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Unit B2 Began above ceiling electrical rough-in in Units […]Read More »
  • 7/18/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel, joists, and decking in Unit A3 Continued load-bearing masonry in Units B3, C, and D Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B1, A1, and B2 Continued chilled water piping in Unit A1 Continued foundation brick and masonry flashing […]Read More »
  • 8/11/17 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Continued structural steel, joists, and decking in Unit A3 Started load-bearing masonry in Unit B3 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in as masonry work progresses Continued hanging ductwork in Units B1 and A1, and began ductwork in Unit B2 Resumed chilled water piping in Unit A1 Poured the elevated deck […]Read More »
  • 8/4/17 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Completed stone subbase in the East parking lot Completed load-bearing masonry in Unit A2 Continued load-bearing masonry walls in Units C and D in music, locker rooms and stage Completed elevated deck preparations in Unit B3 Completed the spray-applied polyurethane foam (SPF) mockup at the sample panel Continued the 10-gauge metal […]Read More »
  • 7/27/17 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Poured the Stage steps and ramp completing all slab-on-grade work within the building Continued load-bearing masonry walls in Units A2, C, and D Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-in in Units B1 and A1 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in in Units B1, A2, and C Completed […]Read More »
  • 7/20/17 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Poured the portal opening floor slabs in Unit B2 Backfilled and installed vapor barrier at the Stage steps and ramp Continued load-bearing masonry walls in Units A2 and C Continued non-bearing masonry walls in Units B1 and A1 Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-in in Units B1 and […]Read More »
  • 7/14/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Formed floor slab and set reinforcing bar at the Unit B2 portal openings Formed the ramp from the Auditeria to the Stage Continued load-bearing masonry walls in Units A2 and C Locker Rooms Continued non-bearing masonry walls in Unit B1 Continued structural steel beams, joists, and decking supporting Unit B3 Continued […]Read More »
  • 7/7/2017 – Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Completed the final portion of the slab-on-grade concrete Formed floor slab and set reinforcing bar at the Unit B2 portal openings Completed CMU load-bearing walls in Unit B2 and continued walls in Unit A2 Began non-bearing masonry walls in Unit B1 Began structural steel beams and joists supporting Unit B3 Continued […]Read More »
  • 6/29/17 – Construction Update

    Poured the Unit A2 floor on June 27, 2017 Continued CMU load-bearing walls in Unit B2 Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-in in Units B1 and A1 Constructed CMU walls at the portal openings (doorway) between Units A1 and B1 Continued CMU load-bearing walls in Unit D Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, […]Read More »
  • 6/22/17 – Construction Update

    Poured the concrete slab at the Stage Installed welded wire reinforcing in Unit A2 in preparation for the deck pour Continued CMU load-bearing walls in Unit B2 Set steel lintels over the Unit B2 windows Constructed CMU walls at the portal openings (doorway) between Units A1 and B1 Continued CMU load-bearing walls in Unit D […]Read More »
  • 6/16/17 Construction Update

    Completed and backfilled the foundation walls, and placed granular fill in preparation for the slab-on-grade pour at the Stage C102 Continued load-bearing CMU walls in Unit B2 Set steel lintels over the Unit B2 windows Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in in Unit B1 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in in Unit […]Read More »
  • 6/9/17 Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Poured the slab-on-grade surrounding the Auditeria. Remaining locations to pour include the stage and the receiving area Constructed the mechanical room walls to roof bearing height Continued CMU load-bearing walls in Unit B2 Continued above ceiling mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in in Unit B1 Continued mechanical, electrical, and plumbing wall rough-in […]Read More »
  • 6/2/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Backfilled foundation walls and placed porous sand fill in the remainder of Unit C preparing for the slab-on-grade pour. Continued mechanical room exterior walls to roof joist bearing height Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A, C and D […]Read More »
  • 5/26/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Poured the third level of the Auditeria floor Poured the elevate concrete floor in Unit B on Level 2 last Saturday Continued mechanical room exterior walls Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and D Grouted the Gymnasium walls at […]Read More »
  • 5/19/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Poured the lowest two levels of the Auditeria floor Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and D and set bearing plates Grouted the Gymnasium walls at the high roof Began mechanical room exterior walls Completed floor joists and […]Read More »
  • 5/12/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Cut and graded the subgrade and place porous sand fill subbase in the Auditeria Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and D Continued gymnasium walls on the North and East Continued in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A, […]Read More »
  • 5/5/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Excavated and poured footings in the Auditeria Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and D Continued gymnasium walls on the North end Continued in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A, B and D on Level 1 Completed […]Read More »
  • 4/28/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry walls on Level 1 to the Level 2 joist bearing in Units A Continued gymnasium walls Continued in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A and B on Level 1 Complete slab-on-grade preparation in the Unit C mechanical rooms and food service area and pour concrete […]Read More »
  • 4/21/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Excavated and poured exterior column footings for canopies in Unit A Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls on Level 1 to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and B Continued gymnasium concrete masonry unit walls Continued in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A and B on Level 1 Completed […]Read More »
  • 4/14/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued interior and exterior footings and foundation walls in Units A and B Continued interior walls on Level 1 in Units A, B, and C to Level 2 joist bearing Continued under-slab and in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A and B on Level 1 Continued slab-on-grade preparation and poured […]Read More »
  • 4/10/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued interior and exterior footings and foundation walls in Units A and B Continued interior walls on Level 1 in Units A, B and C to Level 2 joist bearing Continued under-slab and in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units A and B on Level 1 Continued slab-on-grade preparation and poured […]Read More »
  • 3/31/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued setting storm structures and reinforced concrete pipe at the corner of Ironbound Road and Longhill Road Continued interior footings and foundation walls in Units A, B, and C Continued exterior and interior walls on Level 1 in Units A, B and C Poured the elevator footing and foundation walls Continued […]Read More »
  • 3/24/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Set storm structures and reinforced concrete pipe at the corner of Ironbound Road and Longhill Road Excavated for installation of the fire line on Ironbound Road Continued interior footings and foundation walls in Units A, B and C Continued exteriior and interior walls on Level 1 in Units A and B […]Read More »
  • 3/17/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Began storm structures and pipe along Longhill Road Continued interior footings and foundation walls in Units A, B and C Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls to Level 2 joist bearing in Units A and B Continued under-slab and wall mechanical and electrical rough-in in Units A and B […]Read More »
  • 3/10/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Constructed storm structure and set reinforced concrete pipe Continued interior footing and foundation walls in Units A, B and C Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit (concrete block) walls up to second floor level in Unit A and B Continued exterior concrete masonry unit walls to four feet above the finished […]Read More »
  • 3/3/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Placed asphalt in the fire line connection on Ironbound Road Continued slab-on-grade preparation in Units A and B Continued footings in Units A and B Continue interior foundation walls in Units A and B Installed steel lintels and bearing plates in Unit B Continued exterior concrete masonry unit walls (the concrete […]Read More »
  • 2/24/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Removed stumps and debris from the West side of the site Installed the gabion baskets (stone wall) in the sediment pond, fine graded, and seeded which completed the installation of the storm water basin Poured the slab-on-grade in Units C and D Continued exterior and interior concrete masonry unit walls to scaffold […]Read More »
  • 2/17/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued clearing trees on the West end of the property Connected an 8-inch fire line to the City’s main water line on Ironbound Road Completed the storm system to SS#2-4 at the corner of Cooley Field Grouted the exterior concrete masonry unit walls to the first floor lintel height in Unit […]Read More »
  • 2/10/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Began building pad preparation for the slab-on-grade in Units C and D Continued interior concrete masonry unit foundation walls in Units A and B Continued concrete masonry unit walls in Units B and D, and began walls in Unit A Installed the fire line service pipe into the Fire Pump room Continued under-slab […]Read More »
  • 1/31/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued footing and concrete masonry unit foundation walls in Units A and B Continued concrete masonry unit walls in Unit B Continued under-slab and in wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units B, C, and D Continued underground storm pipe near the sediment pond Note: Areas D & C are the […]Read More »
  • 1/23/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued footing and concrete masonry unit foundation walls in Units A and B. Continued under-slab and in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units C and D. Began in-wall electrical rough-in in Unit B. Continued concrete masonry unit walls at the gymnasium and begin concrete masonry unit walls in Unit B. Set the elevator sleeve. […]Read More »
  • 1/17/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued footing and concrete masonry unit foundation walls in Units A and B Began concrete masonry unit foundation walls in Unit B. Continued under-slab and in-wall plumbing and electrical rough-in in Units C and D. Continued concrete masonry unit walls at the gymnasium. Began underground storm pipe at the sediment pond. […]Read More »
  • 1/11/17 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Gabion basket material and storm structures arrived for the BMP (Best Management Practice)/sediment pond. Building pad cut and fill was completed in Units A and B. Footings nearly completed in Units C and D. Began footings in Units A and B. Foundation concrete masonry unit laid and grouted in Units C and […]Read More »
  • 12/20/16 Construction Update

    Work performed last week: Continued footings in Areas D & C. Continued preparing the building pad in Areas A & B. Laid out under-slab plumbing and installed sleeves. Masonry and electrical materials were delivered. Note: Areas D & C are the single story section of the school. That includes the gym, cafeteria, kitchen, music, art, […]Read More »
  • 12/9/16 Construction Update

    Work Performed this Week: Completed preparation of the building pad in music, gym, auditeria, and kitchen. Began and completed asphalt demolition in the administration and classroom area. Continued footings in music, gym, auditeria, and kitchen (Area D) Installed a construction road around the perimeter of the building pad. Mechanical and electrical sub-contractors mobilized Laid out […]Read More »
  • 12/2/16 Construction Update

    Work performed this week: Completed earthwork in the sediment pond. Completed installation of the underground sanitary pipe. Continued interior and exterior wall footings by gym area. Laid out masonry foundation walls. Continued demolition of asphalt within the building pad. Note: Areas D & C are the single story section of the school. That includes the […]Read More »
  • June 7, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their June 7, 2016, Work Session an update on the JBMS project was presented to the WJCC School Board by Howard Collins, president of architectural firm Waller, Todd & Sadler, and Michael Hall, president and educational facility planner at Fanning Howey. Mr. Collins said the project was on schedule to follow the below timeline: Phase […]Read More »
  • April 19, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their April 19, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board awarded the Partial Demolition of the current James Blair building to Ritchie-Curbow in the amount of $1,106,742.00.Read More »
  • April 12, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their April 12, 2016, Work Session the WJCC School Board discussed the Invitation to Bid for the partial demolition of the current James Blair building.Read More »
  • March 15, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their March 15, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board awarded Construction Management Services for James Blair Middle School to MBP in the amount of $558,300.Read More »
  • March 1, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their March 1, 2016, Work Session the WJCC School Board discussed Construction Management Services for James Blair Middle School.Read More »
  • January 19, 2016 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their January 19, 2016, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on value engineering and preparations for the new middle school.Read More »
  • December 15, 2015 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their December 15, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on project milestones and traffic studies for the new middle school.Read More »
  • September 15, 2015 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their September 15, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on the new middle school’s proposed site and floor plans. The concept for the school’s instructional wing was also reviewed.Read More »
  • August 18, 2015 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their August 18, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board received an update on the progress of the New Middle School Conceptual Designs.Read More »
  • April 21, 2015 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their April 21, 2015, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board voted to select Waller Todd Sadler as the firm that will provide Architectural Services for the Design of Middle School Facility.Read More »
  • October 21, 2014 – 4th Middle School Update

    At their October 21, 2014, Regular Meeting the WJCC School Board voted 6-1 to accept the Superintendent’s Recommendation to build a two-phase fourth middle school on the James Blair property. The first phase of the project would construct a 600-student middle school through a three-story classroom wing addition and renovation of portions the existing building. The […]Read More »

To be open in fall 2018, the project would need to follow the below timeline.

MS Timeline

The School Board Approved proposal has been forwarded to James City County and City of Williamsburg administrators and elected officials for funding.


By the 2018-19 school year, WJCC middle schools will be at full capacity. By the 2023-24 school year, Berkeley Middle School will exceed capacity by 307 seats, Hornsby Middle School will exceed capacity by 138 seats and Toano Middle School will exceed capacity by 108 seats. This total deficit of 553 seats (in 2023-24) must be addressed to ensure WJCC meets the learning needs of students.

The conversation about a fourth middle school in WJCC has stretched over several years. Most recently, a Middle School Committee was formed in January 2013 and charged by the School Board to: research, determine and advise on the future learning needs of middle school students; review and confirm middle school student enrollment projections and capacity needs; and, review available research on the impact of school size on student academic performance and school climate. The committee recommended building a new school on the James Blair site or redesigning and expanding the present James Blair Middle School building. The committee’s report is posted on this page.

Since that time, several options have been reviewed and discussed by the School Board. Additionally, a facility assessment study was conducted and city and county planning staff presented a study on where future enrollment will be concentrated within the localities.

In fall 2014, an architectural firm reviewed enrollment projections and conducted a 10-Year Master Plan Study. That study and a new proposal for the construction of a two-phase middle school was presented to the School Board on October 7, 2014. The presentation is posted on this page.

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