New building underway as demolition wraps-up
School gets out in a couple of weeks, but over summer the building site will still be a busy place.
The demolition portion of phase I of the Park City High School construction wrapped up last week.
The foundation for a new classroom wing has been laid and a steel framework for two new classroom wings is in the process of being erected.
Work on Dozier Field has also gotten under way with weather interfering some. Project Superintendent Eddie Conover said rain has made it more difficult to remove the soil.
"Construction is just basically geared toward the weather. It hasn’t helped us, but hasn’t slowed us down," Conover said.
District Director of Support Services Steve Oliver confirmed the construction is still happening as planned.
"We’re on schedule, no substantial expenses or delays have happened," he said
Dozier Field is expected to be completed in time for the first home game on August 18.
Since construction began, several students have relocated to portable classrooms, a new kitchen space has been built, and many hours of electrical work and plumbing installation have been completed.
"There was so much preparation work so we could get to this phase," said Project Superintendent Eddie Conover.
As Conover surveyed the area where 38 classrooms will be built he said, "There’s literally miles of piping under there."
He remarked how much of the construction has not been visible to the public but with brick masons and steelworkers starting on the new wing that is changing rapidly.
"I think we’re in a neat phase of the project. You’re going to be able to envision a new school," Oliver said.
He added that people driving past the high school will notice changes almost weekly.
The new classroom wings, with 18 classes each, will help students get to classes more efficiently because they will be grouped together by subject.
"It should facilitate the education process tremendously, that’s the intention," Oliver said.
Large windows and improved ventilation will also help the new building to be more teacher-student friendly, Conover said.
When the project is completed in August 2008 the oldest part of the high school will be the original gym, constructed in the mid 1970’s. Much of it is being refurbished including locker rooms and new light installations, Oliver said.
During the process Conover said he offers tours to curious students who want to see construction work first-hand, "so (they) will be enlightened to what’s really happening."
He added that students have been very flexible in this whole process and very little complaints have been heard from them.
People with questions or concerns about the high school construction process should contact Oliver at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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