Construction Updates April 2020 


Crews have removed the ceilings in the main hallways are wrapping up abating the “pucks” in the ceiling. Work will begin shortly on the fire suppression system. 

West Addition:

Sheet rocking is 90% completed and 75% taped.  Paint crews have started priming walls. Next week crews are scheduled to begin work installing ceilings. Bathroom tile is also scheduled next Wednesday. Classroom flooring is scheduled to begin to be installed the week of April 27th.  Additional windows will be installed on the north side of the buildings as brick work get finished.  Casework is scheduled to arrive around May 18th

East Addition:

New and existing room work has been completed.  Underground utility and plumbing work has been completed.  Masonry walls inside should be installed the week of April 27th.  Plumbing work, duct work, and framing is progressing. 


Benson High School:

As can be seen on the pictures, demolition crews have done a lot of work in ceilings and classrooms over the past few weeks.  Ductwork is being installed right behind the demo crews.  The new ventilation unit above the bathrooms across from the gym has been installed, the old removed. 

Business office framing, electrical rough in and ductwork has been installed.  The new secure entryway is taking shape as masonry walls, door frames, and windows have been installed.

The new classrooms and collaborative space is taking shape as framing has been completed, hvac, fire suppression, and electrical work is in progress. Windows have been installed and crews are hanging sheetrock.  Existing classroom walls are being removed to make room for ductwork and doorways. 

Progress is being made on the PAC.  Spiral staircases have been hung, roof drain plumbing has been completed, final precast walls were installed.  The west hallway masonry wall has been completed.  The stone work from the old auditorium looks nice in the wall and is a nice addition and remembrance to our history. Existing south BHS cafeteria wall is being removed to prepare for the connection to the new PAC area.  Steel work continues on the hallways and roofs. 

Progress is being made on the BHS gym floor project. 

Community Education will be moved

 A huge thank you goes out to our maintenance and custodial crew for all of their work helping with moving classrooms, demolition and clean up. They have worked very hard to keep ahead of hvac and demo crews. In addition, thank you to teachers for coming in on short notice to pack materials in classrooms. The inside remodel work and hvac work was not scheduled to begin until the end of May, so it is happening earlier than anticipated.  However, this is a good opportunity to get a good jump on construction.


What happens if students come back to school yet this year?  We hope to have closure with students and staff this school year. Lighting, fire suppression, and fire alarm equipment has been maintained throughout the buildings during the demo process. All desks and chairs can be cleaned and moved back into classrooms. While some of the classrooms will look different, they can be ready for students and teachers.  The opportunity to get 4 weeks of construction done will take pressure off of “crunch” time in August. The work that is being done at the end of March and April is a significant bonus. 


Thank you to everyone for their flexibility and understanding during this construction process!  Spaces are really taking shape. Let me know if you have any questions. 





Posted by On 20 April, 2020 at 9:11 AM  

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