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School construction still moving forward

Precasts should be completed near the end of the month

SOLON– Construction is progressing on the Solon Middle School and Solon High School Center for the Arts.
Story Construction Project Manager Randy Johnson provided an update on the projects to the Solon Community School District’s Board of Directors at its Oct. 12 meeting.
Up next is the precast work, which Johnson said should be done by the end of October or beginning of November.
“You’ll see a big crane over there, so that’ll be exciting,” he said. “I’m sure the kids will be interested in seeing all that stuff.”
Johnson said Story Construction has been in talks with contractors, coordinating the different aspects of construction, accelerating these efforts when possible. Last week, the site saw a new delivery of steel and the utilities are mostly in place. If all goes as planned, the middle school should be finished by this winter, with the high school auditorium to be completed in the fall of next year.
Director Tim Brown asked if cold weather will affect the project’s progress, but Johnson said a few cold days won’t make much of an impact. Story planned the project with the weather in mind, and Johnson said he is optimistic it will not negatively affect progress.
Story Construction submitted two change orders for director approval. For the high school, an exterior overhead door will need to be changed to a fire-rated, stainless steel coiling door to meet code requirements. The company requested $15,766 for the change. The new-sized door is needed to fit the precast, Johnson said, and without it, that process would be delayed.
Director Jim Hauer, who has over 40 years of construction experience, said he researched the issue when he saw the change order in the board documents, and confirmed that any door larger than 152 square feet has to be fire-rated.
“If we stuck with the smaller size, we probably could have gotten a less expensive door,” Hauer said. Board President Dick Schwab asked Hauer if his research suggested the board should approve Story’s request, and Hauer agreed the request needed to be done. Given the size, the door needs to be fire-rated to be code compliant.
Johnson said shop drawings are complete on the precast concrete walls and the structural steel framing, joists and decking. The company is still working on details for the mechanical and electrical equipment required for construction.
The second change order, which concerns the middle school, would construct a mechanical chase in two rooms along the precast wall for water coolers.
Directors approved both change orders.
Johnson also provided a report detailing the work Story has slated for October and November.
At the Solon Middle School:
• Concrete foundations complete.
• Masonry walls continue to be constructed.
• Structural steel will continue. Area B steel to be delivered and erected the week of Oct. 12
• Precast walls scheduled to start erection Nov. 3. Precast wall coordination and pouring of the walls to start Oct. 12.
• Mechanical underground utilities within building footprint near completion.

At the Solon High School Center for the Arts:
• Concrete foundations, orchestra pit and stage walls started and should be completed the first week in November.
• Masonry walls started.
• Precast walls scheduled to start Nov. 24.