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Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 29, 2013

3 1/2 days of work last week (Christmas week), and a lot was accomplished!  The workers dug two trenches, one at the back of the school and one in the front.  The one in the back is to connect to Oceanic Cable for our Internet.  The trench in the front, which cut through our parking lot, will connect the Hawaiian Electric Company transformer to the new administration building.  The trenches in the area between F-building and the cafeteria was filled in as well.  Right now, it's a big dirt mess, but hopefully, the contractors will spread some grass seed (although it's still not finished yet).

It looks like the parking lot will be covered and ready by the time teachers and students return to school next week.  Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Here are a few photos; we really appreciate the contractors doing this work during the winter break!

This is the trench in the back of the school; it actually runs right through our PE area, but it should be completed before the students return from winter break.
This is the trench that goes from the flagpole area and runs right in front of the office.  They still need to dig a trench through the grassy area, but that may have to wait until the next break.

The square box is where the HECO transformer will be located.
This is the back of the school where the 10-classroom building will be.  Workers poured concrete in the footings.  The schedule calls for this building to be completed one year from now.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

School has ended for this calendar year, but construction work continues.  During the break, there are plans to do work that cannot be done while students are in school for safety reasons.  So, after all the students had left, workers began cutting through the parking lot.  The plan is to complete most of the work required to connect the administration building to the HECO transformer which will be located in the front of the school.

I took a photo of the back of the administration building, but it didn't come out very clearly.

Here's a view of one side of the administration building; this is how it looks from across the street.

And finally, this is the administration building from the school side. I believe they're putting the wood where the windows are going to be.

Let's hope the contractors complete everything that is on their list for winter break!  I'll keep you updated :-)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15, 2013

Whenever we have heavy rains like today, I worry that our construction project will be delayed though I'm sure the contractors take that into consideration when they submit their proposal.  Nevertheless, I'm sure that there will be minimal work completed tomorrow.  Last week was a busy week, and workers accomplished a lot!  Our administration building is coming up quickly, and work on the electrical system continues.  The electrical work required diverting pedestrian traffic in the front of our school for the Hawaiian Electric Company transformer.  We appreciate everyone's understanding of the need to keep our students and the school community safe. The photos below show the barrier as well as the work that is being done -- removing the concrete as well as drilling through the sidewalk to dig the trench.

These are updated photos of the new administration building. The work is progressing well, and hopefully, everything will be ready by June so we can move in prior to the start of the next school year.
This is the view from the roadside which will house the PCNC/Transition/PTO.  Initially, though, we'll have to house our tech lab in that room until the classroom building is ready.  

This is the view from the opposite side, closest to A-building.  The closest room on this side is the Health Room.  The principal's office and conference room are also on this side of the building.  We cannot see the middle part which will be the front lobby and the office area.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Important Visitors

We were visited by the grant managers for the project from Washington, D.C. They came to check on the progress of our Facilities Grant as well as to meet with State and Department of Education leaders.  We are so appreciative that we received this grant from the Department of Defense and the State of Hawaii!  Here's a short slide show which shares the progress on this date, December 4, 2013.