By LISA SIMPSON STRANGE
Glasgow Daily Times
The majority of new construction at Glasgow High School is now under roof with only the kitchen and cafeteria areas remaining to be covered.
“Ninety percent is under roof,” said Scott Holt, project manager for Alliance Corporation. “And 75 to 80 percent has the final roofing membrane.”
Holt and Kevin Cheek, of the architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart, gave progress reports on construction and design of the new high school to board members Monday night during the regular November meeting at Glasgow Middle School.
The goal is to have everything under roof by the end of the year, but Holt is realistic about possible delays.
“That’s completely dependent on the weather, obviously,” he said.
The walls of one final structure, the auditorium, have not yet been started because that structure is the last part of the new school scheduled to be completed.
“The auditorium is probably the only area still coming up out of the ground. As we looked at the overall schedule, that’s not an academic function, so that’s the last area we’re backing out of. We’re focusing on the kitchen, classrooms and cafeteria,” Holt said.
Another construction focus has special significance for this year’s senior class.
“The gym has to be ready for graduation next year,” Holt said.
The gymnasium is contracted to be completed by May of 2012, the academic wing by August of 2012 and the auditorium by September of 2012.
Holt said the roof structure for the cafeteria and kitchen is the main priority this week beginning with the anchoring of roof joists.
The sooner the facility can be totally under roof and dried-in the sooner more work can be get under way on duct work, plumbing and piping, especially overhead on the second floor.
“The best scenario is to get permanent windows in as soon as possible as soon as the brick is complete on the outside,” Holt said.
Much of the brick and stonework on the front facade of the academic wing has been completed.
Board vice chair LaDonna Rogers asked how the tan brick on the exterior of the existing buildings would be treated and Cheek explained that all exposed old brick would be stained to match the new reddish brick color.
Much progress has been made on the interior of the new and existing structures as well, according to Cheek and Holt.
Holt said of the metal studs walls dividing classroom spaces on the first floor approximately 60 percent have been installed. Work on the locker room area, however, has been put on hold for now because the GHS football team has continued to win in postseason play and may have need of the facility for up to three more weeks.
At the front of the gym, new ticket booth, concessions and storage areas are being constructed. Bleachers and the gym floor were also discussed.
Elaine Richardson, the board chair, asked Cheek about attaching plaques that have been sold as a fundraiser for the Glasgow Alumni Association and Education Foundation to the backs of bleacher seats.
Cheek told the group he would need to check on what type of seating would be best suited and to make sure adding plaques would not damage the chair backs or affect the warranty from the manufacturer.
Board members were shown final selections for wall, flooring and furniture finishes by Cheek.
The board approved three change orders Monday night for about $14,000 that involve changes to install rough-ins for the scorer’s table in the gym for power, data and microphones, to change circuitry in the elevator and to add four portable video platforms in the gym.
Approximately 36 percent of construction is now complete with a balance of about $13 million remaining to finish the project, according to Richardson. The board approved the seventh partial payment of $862,941 to Alliance for completed work during the meeting.
Construction remains on track for the contracted deadline, according to Holt.
“The overall project is moving in the right direction on time,” he said.