Construction Update

bulldozer on dirt at KnoxAs reported at the July 7 Board of Education meeting by David Wood, Director of Facilities I, the District Wide 4 project is in full motion and progressing at a fast pace. The weather has cooperated and allowed the contractors to make significant progress. All four of the contracts are actively being fulfilled and every school is currently receiving improvements. The cooperation and coordination among the contractors has been incredible so far.

schematic drawingJohnstown High School is undergoing asbestos abatement in the crawl space. The bulk removal area is two thirds complete and awaiting final air sample clearance. Once the results are passed, the remaining section of the crawl space will be completed. In the meantime, smaller enclosures are being built to remove asbestos in the finished area of the basement. The drawing at the left is approximately half of the first area. The black lines represent the foundation, while the red lines represent all of the infrastructure in the crawl space that needs to be abated and cleaned.

Knox Junior High is undergoing a repair and recertification of its spray foam roof. A total of eight roof drains have been removed and replaced. Any damp spots in the foam barrier have been cut out and re-sprayed with foam. All that remains to complete the roof is a spray application of finish sealant and protective granules.

technician spraying Knox trackThe site improvements at Knox Field are on schedule. The baseball field underdrain has been completed and the backstop relocated. The tennis court sub grade is complete, along with the underdrain and yard drain. The old visitors’ bleachers have been demolished and concrete poured for the new seating. Our running track has received a large scale makeover, including replacement of deteriorated areas; floating areas have been re-bonded to the base, and a new wearing course sprayed over the entire track. We are currently waiting for lettering and lane striping. In the picture to the right, a technician is applying the structural wearing surface to the track.

Warren Street School has 90% of its site demolition completed. Several drainage structures and drain pipe have been installed. The general contractor has removed all of the old stone fascia and applied backer board to half of the building; 25% of the finish system base has been adhered to the backer.

All of the pavement has been removed, along with most of the sidewalk, at Glebe Street School. Two drainage structures have been installed and tied into the city storm system. Two new yard drains have also been placed in the front of the building to control surface water. The roof at Glebe is currently being replaced. Approximately 13,000 square feet of roofing has been removed and new insulation and single membrane roof laid down.

Pleasant Avenue’s roof is currently being replaced as well. They are up to 15,000 square feet of roof removed and replaced. Although the site work has not begun yet, the contractor has materials on site and plans to being as soon as possible.

Jansen RoofTo the left is a view of Jansen Avenue’s roof as the new meets the old. This building has received about 12,500 square feet of new roofing and insulation so far. The site contractor has prepared for the directional boring of the new sewer line for Briggs Field House, but has yet to start any site demolition.

We feel we are currently on schedule and hope to remain so, weather permitting.