Updates on the District Building Renovation Plan
Up, Up, and Away (Into the Basement)
Tuesday was a BIG day.
Early in the morning a big crane was at Grass Lake School to place a huge tank in the basement of the new addition. This new tank will be filled with water and is part of the sprinkler system that is required for the new school addition. Eight feet in diameter and more than 25 feet long, this tank will hold a lot of water. The crane used is able to pick up a load as heavy as 165 tons. That’s 370,000 pounds. This tank was not that heavy, but we had to reach a long way to get it into the new basement.
This date has been planned since April/May of this year as the date to set this tank in the basement and it happened right on schedule. That means with all of the rain, the flooding, and even the start of school everything is right on schedule for the project.
There were also two heavy electrical cabinets and the metal flooring above the will make up the basement roof put in place.
Here are a few more pictures:
But that’s not all that’s been done since the last report. The concrete foundations have been poured for most of the new addition and the steel forms that make the walls straight have been removed. In the next couple of days, the concrete block walls will start to be constructed.
There has also been some ground work done on the opposite side of the school (near the current front door.) No, it’s not a new swimming pool or a fish pond. The ground work is only being done to change the slope of the hill a bit and to put in some underground drainage that will force rainwater to move off the school property. This is just the beginning of the groundwork that has been planned since the beginning of this project.
Sorry Kids, no pool this year.
It’s here, it’s here. . . . . . the first day of school!!!
Kids are happy - No more boredom of summer. Parents are happy – No more bored kids. Teachers are back doing what they do best. And the school is ready . . . . . . . well pretty much.
We’ve had a really busy summer and lots of things have happened. Partly due to plan and partly due to that little rain event we had in July; we’ve really made some changes in the school where the kids will be this year.
Here’s how the basement looked on July 12th after the storms.
With the severe rain and all of the construction already started, the water and mud broke through all of the barriers and gave us 4” of mud across the entire basement area. Everything that was stacked up in the basement had to be moved upstairs and cleaned. Don Quinnett and the custodial crew did a great job getting everything moved and cleaned. The gym and the storage shed by the old schoolhouse were packed, but the basement was empty.
Now with the great assistance of the building contractor all of the extra work in the basement began, but instead of remodeling half the basement as planned we redid the entire basement in the same time frame. As many people in the community heard, the old flooring had to be specially handled and we lost another two weeks. It really made these last two weeks busy. Enter your content here.
Here is basement on July 31.
(This is the same corner shown above. The wood sheet covers the opening to the new basement.)
Old small rooms removed, ceiling redone (but not yet painted), flooring completely removed (right down to the concrete), and every piece of drywall removed that could have gotten wet. All that was left was the concrete floors and walls and the plaster ceiling.
Here’s the basement on August 17th, just 7 days ago. Ceiling is painted. New drywall is all up. But no flooring yet and lots of work to do. Those boxes towards the back are the new flooring tile. It was quite something to be in the basement at this time. Everything was getting done at once, but the workers knew that school started in a week and everyone did a great job.
Up in their temporary offices, Mrs. Plath and Dr. Bailey, our current Superintendent, were working with staff to make plans for the coming year and the rest of the office staff were getting ready for the new year. In the gym and around the school, many of the teachers were coming in to sort out what they would need for the coming year.
As of Wednesday August 23rd, here is what our new basement area looks like.
And here is the brand new open area in the basement.
(This was earlier in the morning and a lot of these tables and chairs were moved into the classrooms during the day.)
In addition to all of this work in the basement, two new smaller rooms have been added on the first floor and they are set up for the new school year and ready for use also ready for use
We’ve still got a long way to go on the new addition. Concrete is being poured and steel beams are being set into place. After losing quite a number of days to wet weather and all of the unexpected work on the basement, the Construction Manager tells us that we are back on schedule.
Welcome Back to School!
Tick, Tick, Tick . . . .
That’s the sound of the clock as we move towards the opening days of the new year at Grass Lake School. We’ve had quite a summer, but we’ve turned a corner and things are steaming ahead. Most of the demolition is done. The earthwork is done for the new basement addition. Forms are up and the concrete pour will take place in the next several days.
In the existing building, several of the new offices have walls and the ceiling grid is going in. We’re just about ready for flooring in the upstairs area. In the basement, the water and mud from the storms is gone, the flooring has been removed and the ceiling is finished in what will be a great additional open space in our existing school.
The project is very close to on schedule . . . . as is the budget. We have had a few setbacks, but hard work and decisions by the school board, our community partners, and our general contractor have kept us moving forward and on plan.
Here's where we were:
Here's what it looks like now:
. . . and in the basement things need to be sorted out, but here’s the starting point.
Last report had lots of text. This time, we've got pictures to show and lots of progress to report!
First, though, this project is all about safety! No one is allowed on site without steel toe shoes and all of the safety gear!
Here's the old school going down and some of the equipment used:
And once the demolition is done, as much as possible is sorted and shipped off for recycling...
Here's where we were last week. By now the demolition is probably complete and the digging started.
Not as Quiet as it Seems
While it seems that little has been done on our addition over the past weeks, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Like all construction projects, the appearance of the building will change in fits and starts. Here's some of the work that's been done since the last update:
All of the connections between the school and the wing that will be demolished are being cut. Electrical, plumbing, and roofing connections are almost all cut. Once the dozer comes in, it should be a clean demolition.
Doors have been placed between the school and the construction area. Safety is key in this project and we don't want anyone in the construction site that shouldn't be there.
Some bad products were found in the flooring material which is making us do more hazardous material work than we expected. This will slow things down a bit, but the contractor assures us that we will still be on schedule.
Just when we thought we had things under control, the AC unit that cools the basement area decided to quit. This unit is so old that we can't even get replacement parts for it anymore. The facilities committee has looked at the problem and it looks like we'll be redoing both the heat and air in the basement of the existing building. Sometimes things just break.
A couple of smaller items too:
The main entrance has been moved and the parking lot in front of it will be a pretty busy place.
To allow traffic a better way to turn around, some added pavement has been put down on the end. This will most likely only be temporary, but it sure will help during the change.
The parking spaces will be changed around a little with the new bus turnaround. Take care where you park (unless your car is a good paint match to a school bus)
Demolition of the old wing should start very soon and we'll have more pictures to share.
The school year is over and big changes are going to be happening this summer. The Grass Lake School addition is about to begin. All of the paperwork is complete and soon the demolition will begin. Some work was already completed during the winter break, but now the real fun begins.
Here's what the Art and Music room look like now:
The old wall board has been removed as well as much of the ceiling tile. This is the original brick wall that was behind the boards. See the steel mesh at the top with all of the concrete stuck to it? That’s what they used to cover the old brick wall. These boards (and the ceiling tile) were specially taken down in case there was any materials that would cause pollution.
Here is the hallway that used to lead to the main school building....
You can see that the ceiling and floor tile have all been taken out already.
So one last look at the old Grass Lake School....
It will look quite a bit different very soon!!
December 14, 2014 - Composite Drawings (click on a link for the detailed drawing):
On October 24, 2016, the GLS Board of Education approved to move forward with a new addition replacing the 1947 wing of Grass Lake School. The $6,000,000 construction project is paid with 100% school fund balance. No additional taxes were required.
Click on the photo below for the Board Presentation:
In May 2016, the Board of Education approved moving forward with a $6,000,000 renovation and addition of Grass Lake School. The renovation would include a demolition and replacement of the original 1947 wing.
In December 2016 (over break), the encapsulated ceilings and pipes in the original 1947 wing will be abated.