The construction currently in progress in the 700 wing is anticipated to be completed by the start of second semester. The completion of the construction project will mean that the last of the school’s larger construction projects will have come to a close.
Construction in the 700 wing follows closely behind the completion of the new 900 wing, which was finished over the summer. Both construction projects were financed through Measure A bond money that was approved by voters in 2010. The bond measure fund totaled $41.3 million, an estimated $9.2 million of which was allocated toward paying for the new classrooms in the 900 wing. The budget has not been exceeded thus far despite unpreventable minor delays throughout the construction process.
“When you’re doing a construction project like this, [there are] multiple contractors doing multiple aspects of the construction,” Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg said. “Think about plumbing, electrical framing, installation of new equipment [and so forth]. Some piece of [the construction] has pushed out a little bit.”
Facilities Coordinator Mike Woodworth clarified that the delays specifically regard the installation of a new elevator in the building. The elevator will help accommodate injured and disabled students, as well as help teachers transport heavier goods.
Despite the delays in the construction of the 700 wing, enough progress has been made so far that the administrators and contractors are still confident that the project will be finished by the second semester of this school year.
“The move-in date has been pushed out but it’s still expected that we’ll occupy the classrooms at the beginning of next semester, which was the plan originally,” Rosenberg said.
Since the construction of the building remains relatively on schedule, the administration hasn’t had to rush any of the construction. In order to address the concerns of teachers and students that continued construction noises detract from instructional time, Rosenberg said that the administration has tried to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum by communicating with the construction crew.
“The contractors have actually been very cooperative in either stopping or moving the work that they’re doing if it’s disruptive to [nearby] classrooms,” Rosenberg said. “We’ve tried to communicate regularly with them and they’ve been responsive