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Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 31, 2015

Work continues on our buildings, and this week, we had visitors from the Office of Economic Adjustment and the Governor's office take a tour to see our progress. We were proud to show them around and answer their questions.

The bottom floor of the library media/student center is coming along nicely. The walls are up, for the most part, and workers are continuing on the electrical system, the roof, windows, and the upstairs walls.

The special education classroom is progressing as well. They were putting up the tile walls in the restrooms and shower when we went by with our visitors. Next week, they will be pulling the data cables to make sure that room has connectivity.

When our visitors were on campus, workers were pouring the concrete for the covered play court walkways; after that is complete and ready, workers will continue the columns on the sides another 20 feet or so. I didn't realize how tall that building would be! I guess we won't have to worry about balls hitting the roof!

I didn't take many photos this week :-(

The view of the covered play court from the media center on the second floor of the building under construction

Gary Willis from OEA and Thomas Lee, the Governor's military affairs liaison, were among the visitors this week. They wanted to see the progress of the buildings, and they were pretty satisfied with how things are going. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 24, 2015

Continued progress on the project! We had a chance to tour the buildings, and things are moving along nicely. I find it so amazing every time the project manager takes us on a tour; it makes me realize how little I know about construction.

This is one of the four offices downstairs for our counselors and the Behavioral Health Therapist. They have been sharing a room for so long; I'm sure they are looking forward to having a space of their own.
This is part of the air conditioning system. The chiller outside the main office chills the water which in turn chills the building. The water returns to the chiller to be re-cooled.  
We are standing in the tech center on the second floor looking out towards the new classroom building. There will be a window in that area at the end of the room. 
This was taken from the second floor tech center looking down at the library on the first floor. 
From the second floor, we can see the covered play-court being constructed. That building will be a lot taller; the workers are continuing to build up the columns prior to putting up the roof. 
Right now, the masons are building the restrooms, the custodians' workroom, and a place for the electrical golf carts to be charged.  
Workers will soon pour concrete for the covered walkways as well as the columns. 
This is a panoramic view of the side of the covered play-court. It will be huge!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

Although the weather was pretty miserable again this past week, work continued because the roof of the library media/student center is now sealed and water-tight. Work started on closing the walls of the first floor. As soon as the weather improves, the roofers can start laying the metal on the roof.

Right now, we are a little behind schedule due to the weather. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the rainy season is a mild one this year.

We got to take a short tour of the library media/student center this week. I am sorry that I didn't take more photos of the covered play court or the new furniture in the learning hub of the classroom building. I'll try to remember next week.
Do you notice something missing? The landscapers removed all the red hibiscus bushes because they were not growing well. 
This photo is a bit dark. It shows the walls going up on the first floor of the new building.
The ceiling and the air conditioning vents were painted white. The ceiling will be open in the library area of the building. 
This is another view of the ceiling in the library. Workers still have to add the sound clouds and the lighting fixtures. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

Fall Break is just about over, and thankfully, the weather cooperated. "Little" projects were completed, but I think they were huge in the overall impact.

Here are some photos to explain what I mean:
The grass is growing nicely in the area in front of the new classroom building. Hopefully, we'll be able to use the area soon for recess and school-wide assemblies. We'll have to wait for the grass to grow evenly; right now, the area that was seeded is growing more quickly than the other area.
Last week, I mentioned the concrete pump and how it went over the library media/student center to work on the windows. VP Arikawa took some photos of the process since I did not have any. 
Here's a great photo that shows the whole view of the building and the pump. The process never fails to amaze me!
We had some extra tiles and asked if we could accentuate the blank wall outside the restrooms in the new building. The top floor has the green tiles. 
I came back to work after a 2-day workshop and was absolutely astounded at the floors in the new building. Our custodians did a phenomenal job of cleaning the floors in the learning hub and then applying several coats of wax. Originally, we were told that the rubber tiles would be easy to clean, but the flooring company didn't take into consideration the Wahiawa red dirt. Now we know that we need to apply wax when the floors are installed in the library media/student center.
This is a new sidewalk in the area by the new classroom building by J-building.
We had a week for Fall Break, so the custodians were only able to clean the learning hubs on the first and second floor and these classrooms.  We're emphasizing Hale Kula Pride: Take care of yourself. Take care of others. Take care of our school.

The interior stairs look great, don't they? Wow! So much nicer now! 
The masons continue to work on the covered play court. They were also working on the stairs that will go from the play court to J-building.
Window frames have been installed on part of the bottom floor.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015

This was the last week of the quarter, and we have a short Fall Break. 

Once the workers finish the roof of the library media/student center and get it water-tight, they can begin to work on closing the walls on the interior. Right now, we can see where the walls will go, but until they are up, the building still seems far from completion. 

For the next week and a half, the contractors and custodians will be really busy trying to complete tasks that cannot be done when students are around. Hopefully, they will get lots accomplished!

Roofers are working on the roof of the library media/student center
The left side of the photo is the library; it has a high ceiling so there are no rooms over the library. The tech center on the second floor (where the worker on the right is standing) will have windows that overlook the library.
The huge concrete pump was back on campus on Friday. In the morning, they were working on the covered play court.
In the afternoon, the concrete pump moved to the front of the school. This worker was using the remote control to guide the pump as it worked on the library media/student center. 
He was guiding the pump up and over the building to the back where workers were pouring concrete for the clerestory windows.