CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Construction work is shaking things up at Woodridge Local Schools, according to Superintendent Walter Davis.

"Eric [Unangst, director of technology] tells me today here in the high school it was a little bit shaky," Davis said during the April 18 Board of Education meeting. "I mean that literally -- the building was shaking a little bit as they were digging here beside the school and moving dirt to prepare for the addition that's going in here at the high school."

Work is also progressing at the site of the new elementary school where the land has been cleared and graded, Davis said, adding progress can be viewed online through a web cam.

The new elementary school building is the primary component of a $33.5 million construction project funded by a 35-year, 3.71-mill bond issue approved by the voters in November 2015 to build a new primary and intermediate school facility on the district's Quick Road campus, replace the roof on the existing middle school, and add classroom space, as well as a new gymnasium at the existing high school.

Construction of the 124,000 square foot building is projected to be completed in time to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year (in August 2018), said Davis.

Jake Melton of Regency Construction said the project has been bid out and the budget will be "updated accordingly." Regency is working for the school district as the owner's representative.

David Hyatt of Welty Construction said all of the bid packages have been bid out and about half of them have been awarded.

Melton said there are 52 bid packages between the elementary and high school and about 90 percent of the scope reviews are completed. "The budget came in 'excellent,' and we're able to take in some of the alternates and move on and get some of the additional work done," he said.

"We are moving dirt according to schedule," Hyatt said. " The high school site has been stripped, cleaned up and a temporary fence has been put up. We are going to start building the building pad and you will start to see some foundations go."

Hyatt said the same kind of work will be going on at the elementary school site. "The first thing you are going to see is the retention pond," he said. "That has to be put in with a stormwater prevention plan to control any sediments."

"It's not going to look like a lot of stuff going up, but there's a lot of activity going on," Melton said.

All of the resources for the new facilities are being posted to where the web cam can be found, according to Unangst.


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