School construction is right on schedule

July 3rd, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Two West Clermont School District elementary school buildings are being built according to schedule and Ed Dyer, director of operations, is pleased with the progress.

“Construction of the new elementary buildings at Amelia and Withamsville are on time, on schedule and on budget,” said Dyer. “We will be one more year in the old buildings and by fall 2010 we will be opening the new elementary schools.”

According to Dyer, all the floors and foundations for both buildings are now in place.

"The floors have been poured at both buildings," said Dyer.

His latest update for Amelia Elementary was dated June 26. He noted that the general contractor finished the slab pour on the Amelia Elementary job. The only concrete remaining is for elevated decks and site concrete.

The masonry work continued on the academic wing's load bearing walls to get them ready for structural steel. His work was expected to be complete on the first floor by July 3.

"The steel erector set the gymnasium joists this week and started the detailing of bracing for them," said Dyer. "The erector also started laying steel decking for the new gymnasium roof."

Electrical and plumbing work mainly focused on in-wall, rough-in at masonry walls.

Dyer said that there would not be an issue with traffic congestion for the new schools when children return to school on Aug. 24.

"At Withamsville we have no issues with traffic flow," said Dyer. "We close off the side road with the playground while children are being dropped off and picked up."

After revising the drop off area at Amelia Elementary School last year during the preliminary construction, parents will be happy to know that the school will be going back to the old way of dropping off and picking up students.

"The drop off and pick up will be better than last year because we are going back to the old way of doing things," said Dyer. "Buses will go in and out of the back of the campus."

The new Amelia Elementary building will be an 84,000 square feet structure and will accommodate 750 students.

Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary will be 69,000 square feet and will accommodate more than 600 students. The schools are being built from funds generated by a $30 million bond issue approved by voters in November 2007.

The buildings now being used were both built during the 1930s and are two of the oldest buildings in the district.
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