As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, significant progress continues to be made on the new Miami Trace High School project.
During late April and early May, the crews were busy with the utility lines that are underneath the building floor slabs, building foundations and walls in the main two-story academic wing, according to the school district’s business manager Bill Franke. Crews have also begun to form the walls for the science wing and the vocational agricultural department.
During the week of May 8, the concrete crew poured the first building slab within the building for the project. The slab is in the western half of the two-story academic wing. Next will come the slabs for the remainder of the academic wing and the science and vocational areas.
A separate masonry contractor has begun work on the foundations and the walls for the auditorium and gymnasium area, Franke said. These walls will soon begin to rise from the ground.
The site contractor has been busy finishing the storm sewer lines near the back of the visitor football stands and in the area in and around the retention basin at the north end of the site. Also installed was the base layer of pavement in the parking lots in the front of the building.
The sanitary sewer line between the new school and State Route 41 has been completed. “This involved a great deal of work in front of the existing school and near the new tennis courts,” Franke said.
Local contractor and Miami Trace grad Tony Penwell, of Tony’s Welding and Fabrication, is providing all of the structural steel for the project. His crews will soon begin erecting steel columns and eventually the bar joists for the second floor during the month of June.
Prior to this installation, Miami Trace staff and students have been given a unique opportunity this week to sign their names to steel beams that will become part of the new school. Many have already participated by signing their name into history.
“It’s neat to have a local vendor like Tony Penwell providing the steel for this project,” said Miami Trace Superintendent David Lewis. “It’s also a great opportunity for all of our staff and students to sign their names and be part of this new building. Everyone is encouraged to sign the beams.”
As soon as school is closed for students this Thursday, the site contractor will begin working on the main campus as they begin to tie the roadway all the way through the entire campus, according to Franke.
“Although disruptive, this is a key enhancement for traffic flow for our parents and school buses each day,” Franke said. “This will involve reconfiguring the existing middle school parking lot, bus garage parking lot and the main driveway near the central office. They will also be working to complete the storm sewer line between the new site and State Route 41.”
A “virtual tour” of the new high school is available on the Miami Trace website, www.miamitrace.k12.oh.us, and it gives a realistic and exciting opportunity to “fly” through the building.
The project continues to be on track to open for students in January 2019.
A 3.9-mill, 37-year bond issue was passed by the taxpayers at the May 2015 special election, setting in motion the plans to replace the current high school with a new state-of-the-art facility. The new structure will be located on a nearly 60-acre piece of farmland to the east of the football stadium.
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