BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon Local School District's new building project on CR 7 continues to progress.
Voters approved a ballot issue to build a new school in May 2010 after rejecting issues in 2009. The two-story K-12 building is being constructed on the east side of CR 7 - across the road from the current building - on land the district already owned.
The groundbreaking ceremony was Nov. 22.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
A crew works on construction of Hopewell-Loudon Local School District’s new building Tuesday morning.
The building is to be about 132,000 square feet.
John Miller, construction management superintendent with Touchstone Construction Planning & Management, said masonry load-bearing walls are nearing completion and should be complete by the end of July. Other walls could be done in early October. Brick veneer on the building should be finished around the end of September, he said.
The administrative and media center parts of the building, located in the front half of the building, are awaiting windows and brick.
Miller said the competition gymnasium and mechanical areas probably will be under roof within the next two to three weeks. Roofing for the entire building should be done by the middle of November, he said.
"The roof is nearly complete on the front half of the building," he said.
The crew is looking at having site lighting, sidewalks and curbs installed sometime in August and September and is looking at paving probably in October, he said.
Miller said the electrical, plumbing, heating and fire sprinkler work is progressing well. Gas service should be installed in the building this week, and the primary power for the building should be installed by the middle of August, he said.
The project will be tied into Bascom's sewer project by the end of next week, he said.
Miller said the project is going well, and it has quality contractors, a top-notch architect and a strong core team.
Officials are looking for substantial completion of the project to be in the middle of April, with owner move-in to be the first or second week of June, he said.
"We're on schedule, on budget," he said.
Miller said it is the first small school district project he has worked for, and the community is more hands-on in a smaller one. Hopewell-Loudon, he said, has more community involvement, an aspect he has enjoyed.
"You communicate more with the people that are employed by the school," he said.