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Construction underway on middle and high school sites

Foundations could be finished this month

SOLON– Construction for Solon’s new middle school and high school center for the arts are underway, and foundations for both projects could be finished by the end of August, said Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson.
Johnson addressed the Solon Community School District Board of Directors at its Aug. 10 meeting to provide an update on the projects’ progress. With the last of the contracts for the project signed by board president Dick Schwab that evening, Johnson said contractors are now ready to purchase materials and dive into the work.
“We should have everybody launched off,” he said. “The push has started.”
Some contractors have already begun working; last week, the Story crew was joined by more than 20 outside workers who started on concrete foundations, electric, plumbing, site utilities and earth work.
Since the middle school project necessitated coordinating with outside companies on site utilities, Johnson said they have placed most of their focus on that site thus far.
“We wanted to keep that momentum going for the middle school,” he said. Once the concrete foundation is laid at the middle school sometime this month, work on concrete foundations will begin on the high school. If the weather holds out, Johnson said, foundations on both projects could even be finished in August.
Once foundations are complete, paving crews will come in to finish parking lots. The lots are expected to be finished before the start of the school year in effort to minimize disruption to the school day. Steel will be ready by mid-September, and pre-cast wall panels by October. In November, the buildings should be enclosed, Johnson said.
Summer is a busy season for contractors and suppliers alike, Johnson said, but now that all contractors are on board, details on the project’s timeline will become more firm.
Director Dean Martin said he is looking forward to seeing how the project unfolds this year.
“I’m excited about the next couple months,” he said. “When we start to see walls up, people get excited.”