With the walls of the new middle school rising quickly, the Maniece building at Estherville High School will be demolished in June to make way for the remainder of construction.
Project Manager Roger Gilbert said roughly half of the square footage of the current Maniece building will be taken up by new construction. Teachers, staff, and students were busy this week relocating equipment into other portions of the high school. Gilbert said asbestos abatement at Maniece will begin this week and will take a week to complete and then the building will be razed.
Gilbert said crews are getting the joist system set for the main floor of the new middle school which should be ready to move into March 2009.
Two of the three rooms that are being remodeled in the high school are nearly done, Gilbert said. Work on the kitchen area will start in a week.
Gilbert said work on the new Demoney wing should be done in a month. Work is starting now on the rotunda area.
“There’s no major problems that I know of,” said Gilbert, who signed on as project manager last November.
It’s with mixed feelings that both students and staff left Maniece. Students wrote their names and special messages on the walls of some of the classrooms, some saying farewell and others joking with fellow students.
“Old Maniece”, as it has come to be known, was built in the early 1950s and was known for its relatively large windows for the time and hardwood floors, luxuries relatively unknown in modern schools.
However, due to the energy inefficiency of the building and need for more space for construction, the building has to be demolished to make way for the new middle school.