“State of the art” are the words foreman Bill Skaggs of Ozanne Construction uses to describe the new McCormick Middle School.
Students are expected to move to the new building around Thanksgiving break, said superintendent Dennis Mock. The Enterprise took a tour of the new building Thursday to see what’s left to finsh.
The building is considered substantially complete, said Skaggs. That means fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and elevator have all passed required tests.
Finishing touches on the building will take an estimated three weeks. Remaining work includes installing flooring, waxing the floors, and cleaning.
“Really it’s just detailing everything out right now and getting it clean,” he said. “We’ve got a ton of cleaning to do. That’s normal on any job.”
The new McCormick is divided into three general zones. Area A is where the classrooms are located; B includes the gym, kitchen, cafeteria, and mechanical rooms; and C is the performing arts center.
The Patrica Lindley Center for the Performing Arts won’t be finished when students make the move. Skaggs didn’t specify a completion date but said it isn’t substantially behind the school.
“In any project you’ll have where everything looks good on paper but when you go mechanically to put it together there’s some interference,” he said. “We had to some some rerouting of duct work and things like that.”
Workers focused on landscaping this past weekend and seeded some areas surrounding the building.
“The school is going to start planting trees and everything they wanted to plant so the outside will change drastically as far as cosmetics,” Skaggs said.
Crews also filled cracks and potholes and sealed the parking lot between Wellington High school and the new middle school. The refurbished lot will be lined this weekend if the weather allows.
Skaggs said the wet spring somewhat delayed the paving but it didn’t affect the completion date. He’s happy with the building but the idea of being finished is bittersweet.
“You hate to see it grow up and go,” he said. Skaggs and his crew of workers started the project in April 2014.
Ozanne is also managing the abatement of the old McCormick. Skaggs expects that to begin either in late November or early December.
He plans to be in Wellington until at least February or March for the demolition of the old middle school and then as needed for tweaks as the staff and students get acclimated to the new building, which has a one-year warranty.
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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
The gymnasium at the new McCormick Middle School was nearly complete when we took a tour of the building Thursday morning.