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Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29, 2015

This was a dreary week, and not much work could get accomplished with the heavy rains we had. Workers tried . . . some days this week, the weather started off beautifully and by noon, the downpours started. It's been a rough hurricane season; we dodged the first two, but it looks like we're not going to get a pass this year.

So much rain!! 

The area between the cafeteria and building I was flooding!


It looked promising on the day I took this photo, but by the afternoon, we had a downpour again.  Notice that the grass in front of the new classroom building is starting to grow. The problem is that with these heavy rains, the weeds are growing profusely as well! The landscapers have lots of work to do when they return, hopefully on Monday.

The garden between A and B building was also flooded by the heavy rains.  Mr. Gomez planted some seeds in his planters on Friday.  Let's hope they are able to germinate and grow!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

August 14, 2015

Last Thursday, the huge crane was parked at Hale Kula, lifting and placing the steel plates for the roof of the library media/student center. I am always amazed with the precision of the crane operator and the teamwork involved in placing those plates. I watch the workers measuring to be sure they have the right piece before securing that piece to be lifted into place.  By Tuesday, the crane was gone from Hale Kula to do its magic at another construction site.

As I walked to the back of the campus, I was amazed at how much progress has been made on  the covered play court!  Additionally, it looks like workers are prepared to work on the roof of the special education classroom. With Tropical Storm Hilda no longer an issue, we hope work will continue at a steady pace!
The crane hoisting up one of the steel plates.
Most of the steel bars for the roof are in place.
Earlier, the construction zone was stacked with piles of the steel bars.  Now the area looks empty! 
This is the special education classroom at the end of J-building.  It looks like they're ready to work on the roof.  We hope the room is ready by the start of the second quarter.
A lot of work has been completed this week on the covered play court!
I hadn't realized that workers had started working on the CMU walls.
Roofers are completing the walkway roofs.  They should be completed with the classroom roofs soon.  Notice the new building on the left.  
I went outside to the back of the school to take this photo of the CMU walls of the play court.  When it is finished, the covered play court will provide us with a venue to have school-wide assemblies, rain or shine!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

August 8, 2015

Tropical Storm Guillermo fortunately changed course so we did not get the heavy winds and rains that were predicted so we continue to see progress on the construction project.

I made it a point to take a few photos this week.

Painters started with the primer on the exterior of the library media/student center.
The first part of the concrete posts for the covered play court is done.  They're working on the posts for the other side of the court.  This is just the first phase; the actual building is much higher so the posts are built in stages.
We had an opportunity to check on the progress of the new building.  We actually got to go upstairs to take a look.  This is taken from the second floor of the Student Center that is facing the new classroom building.
There will be high ceilings on the second floor.
This wall is the dividing area between the Media Center and the Student Center.
The view from the second floor on the opposite side of the building.  This is from the Media Center area on the second floor.  
This is taken from the second floor overlooking the library. 

There will be windows on the second floor of the Media Center so we can observe what's going on in the library area. 
The rooftops of the buildings that are being renovated are so clean and white! In the background, you can see work on the covered play court.
The grass in the front of the classroom building is starting to grow! We're hoping it comes up faster than the grass by the Administration Building.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2, 2015

The Blessing and Open House event marked the official completion of Phase II of our $33.2 million construction project.  Now, workers are concentrating on the final phase of the project - the library media/student center and the covered play court. Prior to those projects being completed, the special education classroom should be done.  The hope was that this classroom would be finished in time to start the new school year, but there were a few delays.  We are optimistic that the project will be completed soon.

Sharing some photos from last week:

The special education classroom for K-2 students should be completed hopefully in time for the start of the second quarter.

I am not sure but I think some of the concrete was poured for those columns for the covered play court.  

Students and parents were anxiously waiting for the new classroom building doors to be opened on Wednesday, the first day of school.

Fourth graders are the first to use the basketball court; the court was unavailable because it was a construction staging area. We just have to be careful about not stepping on the newly-planted grass.