Although the start of the new school year is more than a month away, construction on the Williamsport Area Middle School continues as it looks to welcome teachers in August.
"We're coming down to the wire," Jeff Angstadt, vice president of operations of Foreman Program and Construction Managers, said at Tuesday's school board meeting. "In the past month, we've made a lot of progress."
Angstadt reported that some lockers still need to be installed inside the building but the gymnasium and classrooms are complete.
"(Classrooms) are all done pretty much at this point," he said.
The administration wing of the school still has about a week and a half worth of work left. The cafetorium received its kitchen equipment Tuesday. And despite the cafetorium "dragging behind" because it is being used as a staging area for the rest of construction, Angstadt said the focus is to complete the cafeteria portion first.
Angstadt reported that all mechanical and HVAC systems are installed and are being tested.
On the outside of the building, curbing in front of the school is continuing and a mechanical retaining wall by the District Service Center is finished.
Angstadt said the only hiccup is the retaining wall behind the building. Contractors still are working on the portion of ground that was affected by a hill slide months ago, he said. Contractors are working with engineers to find a solution.
The hope is to have the retaining wall completed by the fall.
Asked when the school building could be approved for permanent occupancy, Angstadt said they are shooting for mid-August. He would like to have temporary occupancy before that so teachers can begin moving in and setting up their rooms.
As work is wrapping up at the middle school, it is just starting at the high school.
"We're moving ahead up there pretty much in every area," Angstadt said.
Metal stud work has begun in the cafeteria addition, which is on schedule for its mid-August completion date. Ceiling grids are going up in the science rooms and work on steel reinforcements are starting this week.
Angstadt said workers are well-aware of the deadlines for work to be completed.
"We've been working with the principals up there on a regular basis and keeping them up to speed," he said.