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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, 10:48 p.m.

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.

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