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ELC Board gets construction update

By Staff | Sep 16, 2008

“Everything is pretty much done” in the Demoney Elementary and Estherville Lincoln Central High School remodeling projects, project manager Roger Gilbert told the ELC Board of Education Monday.

Gilbert noted some items had to be back-ordered. Otherwise, the projects are completed.

Regarding the middle-school project, Gilbert said work “is continuing pretty well.”

Gilbert said a crane was moved to the old Maniece area and panels were scheduled to start being placed Tuesday. Floors continue to be poured in areas where the panels are in place and Gilbert noted that pours will continue through the week. He said a progress meeting will be held Thursday when he hopes to have a revised schedule from Christensen Construction.

Gilbert said the geothermal contractor is continuing to drill holes and hopes to have that phase of the project done by winter.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson noted that 90 geothermal wells 300 feet deep are being drilled. He said the middle school will be ready for occupancy next summer. The tentative completion date was March 2009. Magnuson said the district will have the end of the year to prep the building.

“Hopefully it will run smoothly,” he said.

In another construction-related project, Magnuson said excavation was completed on the practice football fields. He said curb and gutter can be completed after the city gets water in. He said his goal is to get the fields seeded by Oct. 1.

Plans are to let the grass grow until next football season before the fields are used.

Regional Wellness Center Director Bob Grems talked at length about center financing.

He showed comparative statistics which showed that the RWC placed ninth out of 14 similar facilities for cost. Grems said most RWC revenue comes from memberships while 58 percent of costs go to salaries and benefits.