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  • Construction continues at Hurricane Deck Elementary School

  • Despite harsh conditions this winter, construction crews have managed to get a lot done over the last few months since the groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 24, 2013.
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  • What it is
    As one part of a no-tax-increase bond issue passed by Camdenton R-III voters in April 2013, crews under general contractor Bales Construction Company, Inc. of Waynesville have been busy excavating the land behind Hurricane Deck Elementary in Sunrise Beach to make room for expanded facilities. The district is building a 59,000 square foot addition at the school to add to the existing wing which will be extensively renovated as part of the project as well. The original school built in the 1950s will be torn down. The one-story new addition and old wing will combine for a total of approximately 75,800 square feet.
    What's new
    Despite harsh conditions this winter, construction crews have managed to get a lot done over the last few months since the groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 24, 2013. "The contractor has done a superb job of pushing through all of that," said Camdenton R-III Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield. In addition to dirt work to prepare the site, there has also been work on erosion control and storm drainage measures. Some masonry work has also been done to provide another exit for students after another was closed during construction.
    What's next
    A great deal of the excavation has been completed, leveling the site to make space for the new building, bus area, parking lots and playgrounds. Construction is still in the excavation stage right now, Hadfield said, but depending on spring weather, construction should soon move on to getting footings in place and getting concrete poured. Renovations in the existing wing will be done this summer to minimize disruption for students. After a review of the construction in a special construction meeting April 1, the construction and renovation portions of the project appear to be on track for completion by Spring 2015, according to Hadfield. Demolition and cleanup of the old part of the building and project area should have the school ready to go online as planned in August 2015.
    About the project
    • The school overall will provide classroom space for three sections of each grade level taught at HDE from kindergarten-fourth grade.
    • There will also be rooms for special instructional needs such as special education, reading recovery, speech and ELL and title programs.
    • The existing media center will receive a significant upgrade, and there will be a room for computers and conference rooms.
    • The classrooms in the existing wing that are staying will be renovated with new cabinetry to have a similar look and feel to the new construction. The heating and cooling system will be upgraded to run as efficiently as possible.
    • Art and music rooms, a new gym, a performance area and expanded cafeteria and kitchen are part of the plans as well.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Outdoors there will be a new playground area with part hard and soft surface space.
    • Contracted amount for construction and renovation is $13,049,800.
    • Costs for architectural, engineering, materials testing and printing work were around $785,000.
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