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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2014

Fairfield High School remodeling on schedule

By ANDY HALLMAN | Jul 23, 2014
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN Construction workers with Carl A. Nelson & Company prepare to lay a foundation for the connecting structure that will unite the Fairfield High School’s fitness room with the auto shop north of it.

The remodeling of the Fairfield High School is proceeding according to plan.

Jay Perry, vice president of Carl A. Nelson & Company, said the weather has been great all summer and has allowed his company’s construction crew to stay on schedule. He said there are always minor bumps in the road, such as finding an old foundation or sewer line where they weren’t expected, but none of those bumps has derailed the tremendous progress made this summer.

Today, the construction crew was preparing the footing for a new part of the high school that will connect the existing fitness room to the auto shop. The north wall of the fitness room was removed and replaced with a temporary wall. Once the connecting section is built, the temporary wall will come down and the fitness room will be expanded to the north.

The northeast side of the school is where the crew has focused most of its attention. That is where the new wrestling room and new auto shop are being built. The wrestling room should be finished in December, but the wrestling team won’t use it until next year, 2015-16. Once it’s finished, the new wrestling room will be put to use this year, just not for wrestling.

Fred McElwee, director of auxiliary services in the Fairfield Community School District, said the fitness equipment will move from the fitness room to the new wrestling room somewhere around the semester break. The reason for the move is to vacate the fitness room so part of it can be remodeled into boys’ and girls’ locker rooms.

The construction on the north side will force auto shop classes to find a temporary home, too. The plan is for the auto shop classes and woodshop classes to switch places. The change of venue will last only a year for the auto shop as the students wait to move into their new home on the north end of the vocational building. However, the move is permanent for the woodshop classes, which will be in the former auto shop for the foreseeable future.

McElwee said he doesn’t see the move presenting a problem to either the woodshop or auto shop classes.

“It’s going to require both classes to adapt because there will be a different setup,” he said.

The rooms will be ready for the students to use on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 2. The Fairfield school board pushed back the start date this year to accommodate the remodeling process as much as possible.

Construction workers will be at the school year round as they finish the wrestling room, auto shop room and begin work on the science building on the northwest side of the school. The construction crew has flattened the ground on that side of the school in preparation for pouring the foundation. The science building will take about a year to build and will be ready for the students in September 2015.

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