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Building Momentum: Construction Updates

Greetings, fellow construction enthusiasts! We're thrilled to bring you another exciting update on the district's school upgrades. Without further ado, let's delve into the developments:

RPS Transportation Building

  1. Bus Lift Frame Installation: One of the key highlights of this phase is the successful installation of bus lift frames at the pits. These lift frames are essential for the maintenance and servicing of buses, ensuring efficient operations once the facility is up and running.

  2. Trench Draining System: In addition to the lift frames, the team has been hard at work installing a trench draining system at the wash bay. This system plays a crucial role in managing water runoff and maintaining cleanliness within the facility, contributing to its overall functionality and longevity.

  3. Masonry and Rough-Ins Completion: Another significant milestone reached is the completion of masonry work and rough-ins for the mechanical systems. These foundational tasks lay the groundwork for further construction progress and pave the way for upcoming phases.

  4. Upcoming Concrete Pouring: With these preparatory tasks accomplished, our focus now shifts toward the eagerly anticipated pouring of concrete. This phase marks a pivotal moment in the project timeline, solidifying the structural integrity of the building and setting the stage for subsequent construction activities.

Each milestone achieved brings us one step closer to delivering a state-of-the-art transportation facility that will serve our community for years to come.

North Rockford Middle School

Here is a symphony of progress to uplift your spirits:

  1. Windows and Sound-Canceling Motorized Shades: The installation of windows has brought natural light into the space, enhancing the ambiance for musical inspiration. What's more, the orchestra room will feature cutting-edge sound-canceling motorized shades, ensuring optimal acoustics for musical performances and practice sessions.

  2. Acoustic Enhancements: To create a conducive environment for musical excellence, acoustic sound panels adorn each wall of the room. A theatrical curtain envelops the space, serving acoustical purposes, while ceiling clouds further enhance the room's sound quality, promising a harmonious experience for students and musicians alike.

  3. MEP Rough-Ins and Finishing Touches: The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-ins are nearing completion, laying the groundwork for seamless functionality within the orchestra room. Soon, attention will turn to priming and painting the drywall, adding the final aesthetic touches to the space. Additionally, the concrete flooring is slated to undergo polishing, ensuring both durability and elegance.

  4. Classroom Wing Progress: In tandem with the orchestra room's advancements, work on the classroom wing is also in full swing. Bulkhead framing is currently underway, setting the stage for the next phase of construction. As the winter break approaches, the focus will shift to priming and painting the drywall, along with polishing the concrete floors, ensuring progress continues unabated.

Roguewood Elementary

  1. Main Building Structure: Our dedicated team of masons has been tirelessly working on constructing the main building structure, laying the foundation for a sturdy and reliable foundation. Their expertise and commitment to quality craftsmanship are evident in every brick laid and every wall raised, shaping the future of our project.

  2. Steel Roofing Completion: As we strive towards our goals, we're excited to announce that the installation of steel roofing is nearing completion. By the end of the week, this crucial phase will be wrapped up, marking a significant milestone in our journey. The steel roofing not only enhances the structural integrity of the building but also provides durability and protection against the elements.

  3. Upcoming Shingle Roof Installation: With the steel roofing in place, our focus will soon shift towards installing the shingle roof over the next couple of weeks. This addition will not only add aesthetic appeal to the building but also further fortify it against weather-related challenges. Once the shingle roof is installed, the building will be fully enclosed, paving the way for interior work to commence.

  4. Interior Work on the Horizon: With the building fully enclosed, our team will be able to shift their attention to the interior of the building. This exciting phase will involve bringing the project to life from the inside out, as we work towards creating functional and inviting spaces that meet the needs of our project.

Edgerton Elementary

Despite only being halfway through the winter months, the project is blossoming with activity and vitality. Here's a glimpse of the recent developments:

  1. Vibrant Learning Environment: The school is coming to life with vibrant color palettes adorning the hallways, creating an inviting and environmentally friendly learning atmosphere for students. These thoughtful touches aim to inspire creativity and foster a sense of community within the school's walls.

  2. Carpet Installation: The installation of nearly 6,000 yards of carpeting has commenced, marking a significant step towards completing the interior spaces. The carpeting not only enhances the aesthetics of the school but also provides comfort and sound insulation, creating conducive learning environments in classrooms and common areas alike.

  3. Communication Infrastructure: As connectivity becomes increasingly essential in modern education, significant progress has been made in laying approximately 24.6 miles of communication cable throughout the school. This infrastructure investment ensures that students and faculty will have access to robust digital resources and support for years to come.

  4. Gymnasium Completion: In the heart of the school, the gymnasium has reached a major milestone with the completion of polished concrete flooring and the installation of basketball hoops. This versatile space will serve as a hub for physical activity, sports events, and community gatherings, promoting health and wellness among students and staff.

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