Photo by Mike Diegel/Source of the Spring

Construction has begun on a remodeling project for the Silver Spring International Middle School at 313 Wayne Ave.

The project is a space conversion to accommodate an increased enrollment from the current 1,045 students, according to the school system’s Department of Public Information and Web Services.

The projected enrollment for 2017-18 is 1,066 students and the school’s capacity is 1,085. Enrollment is expected to be 1,185 in the 2020-21 school year, according to the MCPS Downcounty Consortium Capital Improvements Plan.

The budget for work is $ 120,000 and Maggin Construction is handling the remodeling.

This project is expected to be finished before the 2017-18 school year starts on Sept. 5.

The site was the original Montgomery Blair High School, which opened in 1935. After the new Blair opened on University Boulevard East, the building was renovated and became the middle school and Sligo Creek Elementary School in 1999.

Mike Diegel