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Waynesville Career Center almost finished, architect tells school board
Waynesville Career Center almost finished, architect tells school board

Construction on the Waynesville Career Center, pictured here in January, is nearly complete, school board members learned Monday night.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (March 24, 2009) — After months of progress reports, architect Michael Sapp was finally able to report at Monday night’s meeting of the Waynesville R-VI School Board that the district’s new vocational and technical building is almost complete.

Known as the Waynesville Career Center, the building on G.W. Lane west of Waynesville High School will replace the Waynesville Technical Academy building located next to Waynesville Middle School on Historic Route 66. The WTA building’s location was once beneficial but has become a hindrance since the high school moved to its current location on G.W. Lane just north of Interstate 44.

“We have just recently conducted the punch list for the facility; by the time you get the punch list, I know you’ve gone through other construction projects, you know essentially the project is complete short of some of the minor details and clean-up activity that needs to take place,” Sapp told board members.

Remaining details include waxing floors in the shop areas and installation of equipment by district personnel. The diesel shop area is being used as a “staging area,” Sapp said, for infill activity in a location known as “Area D” with infill work currently 50 percent complete. Sheetrock and insulation is about 60 percent complete with electrical, roofing and plumbing complete for that area, he said, with the sprinkler system work complete except for final trim-out work. Duct work is about 75 percent complete, he said.

Waxing of floors is continuing in other parts of the building as well such as the culinary arts facility, Sapp said, and culinary arts equipment is being transferred from its current location. Waxing of floors is underway in a two-story classroom addition and furniture is being placed there.

On exterior site work, the general contractor is doing repair work to clean up the site, Sapp said, and an exterior screen wall on the east side of the building will be built soon.

Remaining items of waxing, final cleaning and furniture installation will take two to three weeks, he said, some of which is being done by district personnel rather than contractors.

“By the end of April it is our understanding that activity should be complete, which would make it available for the first of May, and I believe you were planning on holding classes there in the month of May,” Sapp said.

Board member Randy Walters wanted to verify that he’d heard Sapp correctly that the infill project is 50 percent complete. Sapp said that’s right.

“It’s 50 percent complete at this stage, which is actually a little ahead of schedule. We’re very pleased with the level of activity and quality of work there,” Sapp said.

Superintendent Judene Blackburn said staff members have discussed plans for an open house for the Waynesville Career Center.

“I hope to report to you at the special meeting on April 13 what those plans will be; I think we’re close enough now to the end of the project that we can feel comfortable doing that,” Blackburn said.

In related matters, board members noted that the Waynesville Technical Academy has students not only from Waynesville but also from the Laquey, Richland, Crocker, Iberia, Dixon and Plato districts, and congratulated the Laquey Hornets basketball team on its recent state-level victories.

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