No summer vacation for school contractors

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Students are out of school for summer, but construction workers are not.

The new middle school is near complete, and a variety of improvements are underway at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School.

New middle school construction is about 96 percent finished, according to Assistant Superintendent for Administration Melody Sheppard.

The building, located off the newly opened Leach Run Parkway, will be finished in a matter of days, Sheppard said. Administrative staff should move in July 5, and furniture arrived this week.

Final asphalt work was completed, new appliances were delivered, and elevator inspections were successful last week. Other completed work includes passed fire pump and fire alarm tests.

About 98 percent of site work was complete as of last week, and the terrazzo floor was mostly finished, Sheppard said. The common roomís floor also is nearly done.

"There's a couple of things that they have to do. But we are well on our way to be completed with the middle school. And itís absolutely beautiful," Sheppard said.

While construction on the new school is under way, an older school has received upgrades.

At Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, the new roof installation is about 49-percent complete, Sheppard said. The metal portion of the roof is almost finished, and the flat roof portion is about 15-percent done.

The school's new parking lots were paved two weekends ago, Sheppard said. Stone work has commenced on a new front entrance. Lantz Construction of Winchester expects it to be finished when school starts Aug. 15.

New parking lots, except the bus loop, also should be complete by the beginning of school.

New curbing and sidewalk are 90 percent complete, Sheppard said. Poles for site lighting have been erected, and just need power.

As part of an energy savings project, the ceiling, tile, grid, lighting, radiators, boiler, and boiler piping have all been removed, Sheppard said. Eletricians are also working to run conduit to the new heating and air-conditioning system.

"It's a busy site right now," Sheppard said.

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