4/25/2013 3:00:00 PM SCES on schedule for July completion
The addition to and renovation of Switzerland County Elementary School is on schedule despite some weather delays, and should be completed in July - just in time for students to report for their first day of classes on August 2nd.
On Tuesday night, members of the Switzerland County School Endowment Corporation toured the facility and got an update on the work from Eric Weflen, architect with RQAW, the firm overseeing the work.
Members of the Switzerland County School Board toured the addition last week.
The addition will add five more classrooms to the building, as well as upgrade the lighting throughout the building; renovate and update restroom facilities; and will also add security features to the entrance of the school.
"The projected completion date, as of the last meeting I attended, as a snapshot, was July 10th," Eric Weflen said Tuesday night. "The scheduled date, originally, was July 1st; and they are working right now on moving that schedule up. The goal is to motivate them to still be completed by July 1st."
Eric Weflen said that many of the ceilings in the current school have been completed at this time, and in terms of the existing building, the other project being worked on are one section of the restrooms. Once those restrooms are completed, workers (who are working at night inside as to not disrupt students) will move on to other sets of restrooms. Work on the front office area of the school is not expected to begin until the school recesses for the summer break.
"In the addition, all of the brick is completed," Eric Weflen said. "There are overhangs that have a siding exactly like what's on the existing building that still needs to be installed."
The main office itself will be completely renovated, with a new restroom facility being installed there, along with expansion of the nurse's office and security measures will be installed to provide more protection for the students and staff.
The overall project carries a cost of just over $2 million, and is being paid for by the School Board and the Endowment Corporation equally without adding additional debt on the taxpayers.