If you drive by any of the USD 250 district facilities, you should notice progress on the construction projects the community approved through the bond issue. The projects at George Nettels, Westside, and Meadowlark Elementary Schools were completed in June. Each of those projects added classrooms, which additionally serve as storm shelters for those sites.
We began the school year, able to serve our students in those rooms. They have allowed additional breathing room for our students and staff while bringing added safety and security to our buildings.
With precast panels installed and most of the exterior brick complete, progress at Lakeside Elementary is moving along quickly. The roofing on the new section is complete allowing interior work to begin. Currently, the plumbing, electrical and heating/air (HVAC) work is continuing on the inside. Rooftop HVAC units will be installed in the future. As long as we don't run into any delays, substantial completion for this project is scheduled for the end of December. We hope to be able to utilize this new addition by the second half of the school year.
Maybe the most visible progress of all of the projects is at Pittsburg Community Middle School. After a summer of rain delays, the discovery of poor soil quality, and the unearthing of several cisterns, the footings for the new addition are complete. Installation of precast panels for the shelter and the rest of the facility are in progress. There are more panels to be erected at this site. We are not near being able to complete interior work except for underground plumbing and electrical work. Pending weather delays, substantial completing for this project is mid-April.
Pittsburg High School has had construction projects both inside and outside of the school affects its daily operations. These projects have forced us to establish a temporary main entrance and change the drop-off and pick-up sites for the building. However, people are becoming accustomed to the new procedures and seem to be doing a good job of adjusting. Some of the science classrooms went through complete renovations over the summer. New flooring, electric, and plumbing fixtures were installed to bring the labs to modern requirements. The installation of new cabinetry for these rooms was delayed mid-August into September.
The new administrative offices and fine arts section on the east side of the building are taking shape. All the steel is erected, decking for the roof is installed, exterior components are affixed, and roofing is beginning. The interior work cannot begin until the roof and exterior are mostly complete, so there is a lot left to do.
You will see on the west side of the building a new cafeteria/kitchen/storm shelter is being built. All of the precast panels are installed, floors have been poured, and roofing is starting. In addition, rough plumbing, electric, and HVAC on the interior have begun. Substantial completion of these projects is set for mid-to-late January 2019. Like Lakeside, we hope to be able to open this part of the facility in the second half of the year. There are additional construction projects that will continue through the spring, summer and into next fall at this site.