Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sounds of construction for Central Heights

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 8/18/2014

RICHMOND — The construction might be loud now, but eventually noises coming from the building will be music to students’ ears.

Crews are working to complete additions to the Central Heights school district, including an extension on the east side of the Central Heights school building, 3521 Ellis Road, about eight miles northeast of Richmond, that will be used as a new music room for all grades, Central Heights officials said. The extension, along with a new locker and weight room facility at the Bud Schaub Sports Complex across Ellis Road from the school, is scheduled to be complete by Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 1 this year.

RICHMOND — The construction might be loud now, but eventually noises coming from the building will be music to students’ ears.

Crews are working to complete additions to the Central Heights school district, including an extension on the east side of the Central Heights school building, 3521 Ellis Road, about eight miles northeast of Richmond, that will be used as a new music room for all grades, Central Heights officials said. The extension, along with a new locker and weight room facility at the Bud Schaub Sports Complex across Ellis Road from the school, is scheduled to be complete by Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 1 this year.

“We should be done basically by Labor Day for that one,” Chad Henson, project manager for Loyd Builders Inc., Ottawa, said. “It is running slightly behind. Basically, the weight room is almost ready to go, it should wrap up next week and the music room will wrap up the following week. Basically, by the time all inspections are done and everything we should be right there at Labor Day.”

Loyd Builders is the contractor for the two new additions, which are a part of a $1.75 million bond to improve Central Heights school district facilities that was approved by a patron vote in a 2013 election. Aside from the new construction, the bond includes replacing kitchen equipment, replacing the original auditorium seats and bleachers and replacing the original school building’s roof, which was built in 1967. The roof project began in summer 2013 and has since been completed.

The total cost for the two new facilities is $873,013, Henson said.

The remaining work is mostly interior, Henson said.

“The brick [on the outside of the music room] will basically be done at the beginning of next week,” he said. “Then we are wrapping up interior finishes in the weight room like dropping ceiling tiles, putting in carpet, that type of thing.”

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