BETHEL TWP. — With students out for the summer, remodeling projects in Bethel’s older buildings are underway as work on the new addition is wrapping up.
The board of education heard updates from the superintendent and the district’s owner’s representative on the building project at their meeting on Monday.
Owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad said that the new 75,000 square foot high school addition is “substantially complete.” Superintendent Ginny Potter added that a group of high school students is working this summer to help move boxes from the district’s older buildings to their new location.
Harkleroad noted that there is an issue with the terrazzo floors in the addition. Because of the sealant the contractor used, the floors appear matte and dull, he said. Harkleroad pointed out that the sealant used was the one listed in the project specifications, but added that the result was disappointing and they are working on a solution so the floors look as expected when school starts in September.
Contractors ran into a new challenge, Harkleroad said, with the discovery of bad soils directly in front of the 1917 building. He explained that the soils under the driveway are not as solid as they should be. The project engineers, architects and contractors were scheduled to meet this week to discuss possible solutions.
“There are options, there are always options,” he said.
Various projects in the elementary building have been underway and are making good progress, while several remodeling projects are getting underway in the middle school, Potter said.
The new elementary office and clinic, as well as the conversion of several old office spaces into classrooms for elementary and middle school use, are underway, Potter said.
Harkleroad said the district has challenged the contractors to get the “heaviest” and noisiest work completed on the remodeling projects by the start of school on Sept. 5, but those projects have a deadline of the end of 2017.
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