TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Armstrong school construction on schedule a year from opening

Louis B. Ruediger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA - A stairwell at the Armstrong Junior-Senior High School that's under construction shows a view of the valley in Manor. Thursday August 14, 2014
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Louis B. Ruediger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA</em></div>A stairwell at the Armstrong Junior-Senior High School that's under construction shows a view of the valley in Manor. Thursday August 14, 2014
Louis B. Ruediger | Trib Total Media - Armstrong School District Superintendent Stan Chapp walks in front of the auditorium stage at the construction site of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School. Much of the construction of the school that will open this year was done in 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Louis B. Ruediger  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Armstrong School District Superintendent Stan Chapp walks in front of the auditorium stage at the construction site of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School. Much of the construction of the school that will open this year was done in 2014.
Louis B. Ruediger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA - Reynolds Construction site manager Steve Reckhart talks with media members on a tour of the Armstrong Junior-Senior High School construction site.Thursday August 14, 2014
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Louis B. Ruediger | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA</em></div>Reynolds Construction site manager Steve Reckhart talks with media members on a tour of the Armstrong Junior-Senior High School construction site.Thursday August 14, 2014
Submitted - Drawing of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School being built in Manor. Construction is expected to be done in June.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Drawing of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School being built in Manor. Construction is expected to be done in June.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

A work in progress

The Armstrong School District website has posted photographs online chronicling construction each month since work on the school started in October. To view the photos, go to http://bit.ly/1puhEcR.

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 1:01 a.m.
 

An unusually harsh winter followed by a rainy spring and summer has not slowed construction of Armstrong Junior-Senior High School that is on schedule to open in Manor next year.

“It's very good ground up there,” said Steve Reckhart of Reynolds Construction. “With the amount of rain we've had, you'd think it'd be a mud hole. But luckily, it all dried up pretty well.”

Crews are at the halfway point for construction of the $55 million project on Buffington Drive that will consolidate about 1,775 students from middle and high schools in Ford City and Kittanning.

Most of the building's outer walls are standing, and windows and decorative bricks are being installed. Inside, contractors are nearly done putting in ventilation, electrical and plumbing systems.

“We're buttoning up the building and should have it completely enclosed by mid-September,” project manager Roshelle Fennel said. “We're confident this will be done next summer and ready for the start of school.”

The 270,600-square-foot building will include a three-story senior high school wing, a two-story junior high wing, a library, a music and arts wing, two cafeterias, two gymnasiums with locker rooms, a 1,000-seat auditorium and administrative and guidance suites. The buildings will surround an outdoor courtyard.

Roofs have been built over almost every section of the building. Crews are finishing work on the courtyard before putting the roof on the library on the northern end of site.

“The majority of it inside of the courtyard is done,” Reckhart said. “We're really focusing in on the courtyard so we can get the library done before the winter.”

The school is scheduled to be finished in June, but the goal now is to complete all exterior work in the summer and fall.

“We want to have the entire building water-tight for the winter,” Fennel said.

School board Vice President Chris Choncek said he wants to allow the public to visit the building during construction.

“We get a lot of questions about the school,” he said. “There is a lot of curiosity surrounding the building.”

Reckhart said public viewing of the construction site likely would not happen until after parking lots and sidewalks are finished.

“We're thinking sometime in early October would be a good time for public visits,” he said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Armstrong

  1. Commissioners pledge $9,300 more to Kittanning revitalization project
  2. Bradys Bend veteran creates Memorial Day tribute to fallen warriors
  3. Police investigating attack on boy near Kittanning Rails to Trails
  4. Kittanning business celebrates renovations in its 43rd year
  5. Grant spending to improve homes extended another year in Armstrong
  6. Tight Armstrong commissioner race comes down to absentee votes
  7. Absentee ballots don’t change results in Armstrong commissioners primary
  8. Record number of nonprofits ready for Armstrong Day of Giving
  9. Fifth generation last in line for 150-year-old farm in Wayne
  10. Rural Valley students wage ‘war’ to raise money for autism research
  11. Net seen as answer to stray puck problem in West Kittanning