Progress on the renovated Turner Elementary continues moving forward. As we move into the New Year, this is a good time to give our families and community members of the Wilkinsburg School District an update on the progress of the project.
The Turner Elementary School project was approved in early 2018. In summary, the renovations will be comprised of updating the building systems including heating, cooling, plumbing, lighting and safety/security technology; replacing exterior windows and doors; repairing masonry; repainting; installing news ceilings and floors; and ADA and Code updates and improvements. In addition, there will be eight new classrooms with new technology that will better enable and enhance instruction while also addressing the growing school population.
Work site preparation and modular building removal began in late spring/early summer with work on the actual project beginning in late summer. This work included: removing shrubbery and trees; removal of the old chimney; containment and removal of asbestos and demolition and removal of walls, etc. of the old classrooms on the first level of the old building.
As the school year started, the project continued to move ahead with the concrete masonry work in the early fall and the steel frame work starting in early November. New foundations were poured while accompanying electrical, plumbing and heating/air conditioning work was completed as appropriate.
In late fall/ early winter, the Turner Elementary School renovation continued with the demolition of the classrooms on the second floor; continued work on the heating/air conditioning system with nearly 50 percent now finished; evaluation of the roof; and ongoing plumbing work with the kitchen underground sanitary sewer and water lines are approximately 50 percent complete; and the beginning of the electrical systems work.
Throughout this whole process, there have been numerous inspections with the CEC Testing Agency continually providing testing services as needed for project requirements.
Moving forward into 2019, construction work will continue on all fronts. The renovation will be completed in time for the 2019-2020 school year!
When complete, the new Turner Elementary School will have enhanced security; updated technology to better serve our students and faculty with the latest in teaching enhancements; and new, brighter classrooms and overall appearance.
Students, faculty and our community will be invited to a grand opening celebration. Stay tuned for more updates as the renovation project continues.