Work continuing at Connellsville Area High School
John Pappas with Eckles Construction Service Inc. told Connellsville Area School Board on Wednesday that contractors have a good momentum going on the renovations at the high school.
“We still have a lot of work to do but we have good momentum from the contractors and a good group of guys who are committed to getting the project done,” Pappas said. “The next two weeks we have a lot to do so we're working with your custodial crew to get the rooms set up.
Pappas said a lot of work has been completed since June. In June, demolition was the main focus and in July that focus switched to building the new rooms in the kitchen area and the classroom area.
Also, in July, most of the mechanical, plumbing and electrical rough-ins were installed. In August, the focus has been the installation of equipment finishes in the rooms and getting them ready for occupancy.
In Phase 2, regarding the science and band additions, the terrazzo flooring in the corridors has been installed and work has begun on flooring in the classrooms.
In Phase 5, regarding the kitchen and cafeteria, the equipment in the new kitchen has been delivered and the food service contractor has begun making the utility connections.
The coolers/freezers and fire suppression system have been installed and the terrazzo flooring has been poured in the cafeteria and food court. The rest of the kitchen equipment is expected to be delivered on Monday.
In Phase 7, regarding the east half of the two-story classroom building, most of the classrooms are complete.
Pappas said the rooms are currently being cleaned and waxed and the custodians have begun setting up the rooms. Contractors are currently working on installing the corridor ceilings and light fixtures.
In Phase 8, regarding the west half of the two-story classroom building and band area, the rooms have been defined and contractors are working on rough-ins and finishes.
Most of the floors have been installed on the second floor, said Pappas, and the band room wing is the last area that will be completed.
In Phase 9, regarding the auditorium and commons, the demolition of the existing seating and stage equipment has been started and most of the demolition is also complete in the old library area.
Pappas said the big “pit” along the road on the front side of the building is slated to be part of the auditorium commons area and is not on the schedule to be complete until Christmas of this year.
“We have no intention of moving school,” Pappas said. “We're going to work right up to the last minute. We're going to be substantially complete, by the start of school, which means there are still things we need to do, but students and teachers will be able to come in and utilize the building.”
Pappas said they are averaging approximately 120 workers on site daily and some crews have begun working Saturdays to get caught up.
Under action items, directors approved nearly $109,000 in change orders dealing with the high school renovations.
Also under building and grounds, directors approved the custodian substitute list for the 2012-13 school year and agreed to change the name of Junior High East to Connellsville Area Junior High, pending review by solicitor Christopher Stern.
Finally, under building and grounds, directors agreed to advertise and solicit bids for carpet replacement at the junior high auditorium and music room.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Red Cross says blood supply runs short in Greater Allegheny region
- Hempfield man accused of setting Dumpster ablaze in Fayette County
- Mill Run taxidermist honored at North American Taxidermy Championship
- Detours in place for work on routes 51, 30, 2027
- Construction of Speedway in Perryopolis to affect traffic
- Connellsville Recreation Board installs signs in parks
- Connellsville church collects goods, money for the needy
- Tenebrae returns for Connellsville’s St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
- Father-and-son blacksmiths still firing up forge in Farmington
- Mill Run woman sentenced in daughter’s death
- Improvements sought for Dickerson Run Park in Liberty