November 2021 Construction Update from Dr. Weldy


During the month of October, the construction team has focused on continuing to make progress in the Multi-purpose Activity Center (MAC) and enclosing the building spine before the winter weather heads our way. 

In the MAC, contractors are working their way through finishes on the ceilings, walls, and floors. The terrazzo floor is a critical item with a lengthy install time, so the focus has been pushed to get everything above ceiling done as efficiently as possible. Along with this, the kitchen cooler-freezer has been installed, and contractors are moving forward with work to allow preparation for epoxy flooring for this specific area, which will allow us to bring in kitchen equipment and begin connections in mid-November. 

In the rest of the building spine, the construction team continues with fireproofing, masonry walls, stud walls, and rough-in of the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing. In addition, the contractors have poured all the second-floor and first-floor slabs available, except for a small portion that had to wait for the demolition of the former East Building. The spine is on track to be dried in by the end of this year. 

Work continues on the Agricultural Complex, and the first two buildings have underground utility work completed, slabs poured, concrete walls poured, framing completed, and metal siding and roofing are in progress. Work on the interior finishes and equipment began this month. A BIG thank you to Mr. Hershberger and his students for getting the new pasture planted this fall. It will give us a head start on the growing season next spring. 

Lastly, Gilbane, the construction manager for the project, held a ‘topping off' ceremony to signify the placement of the last piece of structural steel for the project. It was well attended, and even a reporter was present. After the short ceremony, Gilbane provided lunch to the construction workers as a ‘thank you’ for reaching this important point in the project.