Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility

Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility
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SISD Director of Plant Operations Dale Guest and Maintenance Supervisor Bill Bain inspect a net that will be set up for batting practice within the Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility. Construction of the new facility should be substantially complete April 26. Staff Photo by Luis Noble

Construction of the new multipurpose facility at Sulphur Springs High School should be substantially complete April 26, according to representatives from Claycomb Associates Architects, the company overseeing the district’s bond construction program.The new Sulphur Springs Middle School facility is progressing nicely as well, with construction still on track to be complete Nov. 30. A rafter raising is slated for May 6, when the last piece of steel is installed in the new SSMS building. The steel will be painted white, allowing those present to sign it before it is set in place, according to Richard Crump with Claycomb Associates Architects.

As of Monday, work at the multipurpose facility was 92 percent complete. March and April saw progressin on quite a bit of work.

Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility
In March, plumbing was about 40 percent complete, the sidewalk 95 percent complete, millwork 60 percent at the multipurpose facility. Work began on the MEP or ceiling trim, ceiling grid, door hardware and athletic wall pads. Crews were in the finishing stages of installing sprayed-on fireproofing, masonry east retaining wall, overhead coiling doors and artificial field turf. The HVAC system start-up was complete.

Crews began last Monday putting in ceiling tiles in restrooms. Work being completed over the next few weeks include sidewalks, site lighting, main entry aluminum framing, interior glazing, folding wall partition, millwork, floor finishes, ceiling grid, drywall ceilings, interior lighting, projection screens, ceiling fans, paint, trim, window blinds and plumbing fixtures. Once the work is completed, the existing pipe fencing will go up and a punch list will be gone over to make sure everything has been taken care of properly at the high school.

Work continues to progress on schedule at the middle school, according to Crump. In March, crews began installing the exterior metal studs and building sheathing, masonry waterproofing, through wall flashing and exterior brick veneer, putting phase I of the new SSMS project at 97 percent complete and phase II 36 percent complete.

Crews continued last month to install the floor slab in the classroom wing, structural steel, hollow metal door and window frames, underfloor electrical and plumbing, above floor plumbing stub up work and overhead electrical, HVAC and fire protection work which included installation of fire pump and pump enclosure. The spray-on fireproofing was installed in  the first floor classroom wing and food service equipment was ordered and will be stored off-site with the items insured should they undergo any damages or loss.

Crump said the crews still had  a small portion of the restroom, office space and cafeteria slabs to put down for the Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility. Crews will be focusing on finishing up the first floor classroom so the roof can go up and fill-in work done, then they’ll move on to the cafeteria and media center at the new SSMS site.  The acid waste tank and sand oil and grease interceptors are install, tennis courts dug, interior of the first floor and some second floor classrooms are well under way. Soffits around the exterior doors and  exterior building envelop sheeting are being installed. More water proofing in the athletic and band area is being done. CMU and spiral duct work in the competitive gym is installed and what once was an open wall is now closed in.

The only remaining thing to be done in Phase I of the SSMS project is canopy connections, and those won’t be finished until later. That makes Phase I of the project 96 percent complete. HVAC, finishing steel in classrooms and fireproofing are next on the list.

“There’s a lot going on out there,” Crump said. “May 6 everything should be in place for a rafter raising, when the last rafter goes up, the last pieces of steel are lowered. It’s painted white, signatures are put on and its set in place.”

If all continues according to plan, the rafter raising ceremony would be at 11 a.m. May 6 for the Sulphur Springs Multipurpose Facility

Students in grades six through eight would begin the spring semester 2012 in the new SSMS facility when they return from winter break in January, if the facility is complete in November as projected, according to Sulphur Springs Independent School District Superintendent Patsy Bolton.

Because schools will begin the transition from the TAKS to the STAAR tests next year, the first round of test scores won’t count against districts.

“It won’t hurt them to be disruptive. It will be very  difficult, but we think we can make the transition,” Bolton noted. “New furniture will be ordered so it can be put in place so that teachers at middle school can begin getting their personal belongings switched over. We’ve added two staff days when we come back after the holidays to get their classrooms in order.”

Crews would begin working at the current SSMS facility on Bell Street after the new facility on West Posey Lane at County Road 1103 is complete. During the 2012-2013 school year,  third and fourth graders would begin classes at the Bell Street facility. The entire class would move, teachers and students. Teachers would simply pick up their classes and move.

Board member Don Sapaugh asked what would become of recent additions at the schools such as the Promethium board installed at middle school. Bolton noted that they would remain at their current location when the moves occur, and that those from the middle school shouldn’t have to be moved because that type of equipment has been budgeted in for the new SSMS facility. Director of Elementary Education Betty Lawson noted that after all items are installed, and if it becomes apparent more board are needed, they can be moved from the current third and fourth grade classes to the new middle school.