Thursday, September 24, 2009

Progress in Tiny Town

Work on our new school is finally visible. Cement trucks have been putting in an appearance as the forms for the concrete walls are in. There are deep trenches in place for electric and plumbing. It won't be too long now until we will be able to see the shell of our new school. It is almost impossible to get a picture of the work, but this is one corner where an existing part of the old building will attach to the new building.
That hole is a new one in the old gym. They had to tear into the old limestone gym to put down a new concrete floor. (I think there was a lot more work to this gym than they had originally thought. They tried so hard to save the old building, and it has been an expensive project.)
This gym was supposed to be up and running this fall. Now it looks like it will be winter or next spring. They did get a new roof on it. Nothing seems to be moving quite as fast as they had originally hoped for the schools. (There is some progress visible at the Middle School and Elementary School sites, too.)
The Lutheran Church is going up quickly. They are to be in it by Christmas. I'm sure they look forward to celebrating the holidays in their own church again.
The Methodist site is now fenced in and level. Building is always more challenging when parts of the original structure remain. (Sometimes it is cheaper and easier to start with an empty lot!)
We've seen a lot of clouds lately. Every time it rains, work halts. Thankfully, the workers are back at it before the ground dries. I wonder if they know how wonderful it is for students and staff to see something happening. I know my anticipation is going to get worse as the walls appear, but we can't get in to see the new halls and classrooms. Patience may be a virtue--it just doesn't happen to be one of mine!

6 comments:

Steve Gravano said...

Construction progress is a funny thing. Sometimes it looks like nothing is getting done and then, out of the blue it almost looks finished. Our school district hired me to document the building of the extension on our k-8. I sometimes had to really search out the differences from the week before. Eight years later and I still get a funny feeling when I walk through the building and picture how it looked as cold concrete, hanging wires and bare light bulbs.

Puna said...

Looks like it's coming along just fine. What a great day that will be when it comes!

Gayle said...

It must feel good to have the work finally visible. I hope that it goes quickly!

FlowerLady said...

Construction work always seems to take a long time, especially when you are excited about the finished project.

Hang in there and pretty soon you'll be enjoying your new school.

FlowerLady

ch said...

Aaaaah...thanks for taking the time to post those shots...Good to see progress underway...

joyce said...

I didn't realize that your whole town went topsy turvy.....I'm glad that they are able to save some parts of the old buildings. I can't imagine such devastation, like a war zone.