Norris Campus Construction Updates

Norris Campus Construction Updates

Friday, October 5, 2012

As the leaves turn color and the evenings and mornings grow cooler, the amazing productivity of the Hausmann construction team and dedicated subcontractors continues on our campus. The first stages of the High School phase of the bond issue approved by public vote in March are now underway.

The initial components of this HS renovation are really preparatory: they include building appropriate fire egress for the west renovation area and ensuring that the construction fence to cordon off the area is assembled. Now that these steps have been taken, folks parking on the west side of the high school will be aware that there is a big project occurring in close proximity. For the most part, though, parking remains unaffected. The first phases for the high school west renovation that will be visible to patrons include the demolition and over excavation of the west area including the ramp on the north west of the high school outside of the welding lab. The end result will be much larger classroom spaces for our instrumental music, industrial technology, and Ag areas in the high school. This needed space enhancement will allow us to accommodate more students in these vital
curricular areas. The demolition and excavation promises to be an at-times messy and loud start to our project, but the end result will be an even more amazing high school facility for our students.
Hausmann Construction's Kurt Dummer is the site superintendent for the high school project, and Ted Shively is the superintendent over at the intermediate school.

Over at the intermediate school, progress continues to fly along multiple fronts. In fact, it encompasses everything from windows and doors to walls and floors that are all being addressed in order to ensure a tight building envelope before the cold weather really sets in. Earlier this week, one of the last major interior concrete pours occurred when the area that will become the media center and adjoining classroom spaces including special-education was poured. The area that will become the commons or multipurpose room and adjoining kitchen will have its concrete pad poured today, Friday, October 5.

During the second week of October, a big crane will reappear on the intermediate school building site in order to load the roof with HVAC air handling units. This indicates, obviously, that our roof on the new building is reaching a stage of completion so that we can begin to load it and anchor everything into place.  Shortly after the HVAC units are craned up and on to our roof, we anticipate the arrival of nearly 100 doorframes which will be installed throughout the facility. During the third week of October, we anticipate the arrival of windows and their subsequent installation.

Other: the 68 street asphalt resurfacing project is not actually a part of the Norris campus construction! It is just a separate Department of Roads project. We appreciate our patrons' patience
during the delays, and have received word that the project should be tapering off and concluding within the next week.

A contracted traffic study will be conducted to examine traffic flow counts for the 68th and Princeton intersection. This will be conducted and concluded by the end of October and is overseen by the County. The reason for this study is to ensure that the intersection has appropriate and safe signage and traffic flow when buses are moved from the existing convoy to a new corral just East of the new intermediate school. This shift will not occur before fall 2013 when the new facility opens.

Personnel and planning: a number of people have inquired about the school's timeline for hiring and placing personnel in staffing the new school. These decisions will not be made prior to the spring semester of 2013. This still gives the school district plenty of lead time to plan and prepare for the opening of the school while also providing us with more information regarding next year's projected enrollment and school budget. The first staffing determination for the new school will be assigning a principal. This is expected to occur before February 2013, with teaching placements and assignments to follow in the spring.