Granby " East Grand school projects mostly on schedule
July 23, 2008
East Grand school construction projects are making headway at Fraser Valley Elementary, Granby Elementary, Middle Park High and Indian Peaks Charter School.
Workers are installing six new classrooms at Middle Park High School. Improvements include a science lab, expanded gymnasium, and larger commons/lunchroom area.
The office area is to be relocated in front of the building, in an effort to increase security and control access. Plans also are include improved lighting and sound system in the auditorium.
Bob Thayer, senior superintendent for Neenan Construction based in Fort Collins, has been working at Middle Park High School.
They started work in April and have up to 50 workers at the site each day. He said this is the biggest project, and that it could add about a third to the school.
“It’s going to be rough to finish,” Thayer said. “It’s a tight timeframe, but we’ll get it done ” we always do.”
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He said the project is on schedule, with some portions ahead of schedule and others behind.
Mother Nature has been good to them as well.
“Early on the snow affected us,” he said, adding that he hopes the afternoon thunderstorms hold off as well.
In addition, he said the company has used as many local subcontractors as possible.
At Fraser Valley Elementary, workers are adding seven classrooms, which will give each grade level three classrooms, and allow space for a preschool. The building’s entryway will be remodeled to increase security.
Students at Granby Elementary will notice six new classrooms, which will also give each grade level three classrooms. The school’s lunchroom will also expand, and security will increase with a remodeled building entryway.
The district set aside $325,000 to purchase and deliver six modular classrooms on the south side of Indian Peaks Charter School’s present site in Granby.
Improvements will also be made to the existing modular facility.
East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas said two of the sections have arrived, and they are waiting for the other four sections. “It’s a big building,” she said.
About $75,000 has been budgeted to build an attachment to the charter school’s existing modular classrooms. One of the current modulars will be remodeled to provide the charter school with an indoor multi-purpose/lunch room, because Indian Peaks students were eating their lunches outside in a tent.
Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 has also recommended that the district install a fire hydrant at Indian Peaks Charter School.
Work at Fraser Elementary is a little behind schedule.
“They believe they will be able to get back on schedule,” Karas added. “All schools are still on schedule to be opened on Sept. 2.”
As part of the $18.25 million voter approved bond package, an additional $1.4 million was added to cover additional project costs.
Karas said she believes once the school district opens its doors and community members look inside they, won’t be disappointed. She also promises the district will finish the projects within budget.