Update: Construction Continues at BHS

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Construction continues into the late Fall and Winter at Beachwood High School, as the $36 million improvement project remains on schedule.

During this past Summer and early Fall, work was completed on the installation of underground pipes for water, electric, gas, and sewer, as well as the concrete foundation.

A temporary hallway was recently enclosed and completed to provide temporary and safe access to the building’s 100-200 wing. While only temporary, this hallway meets all of the city’s building code requirements with respect to appropriate hallway width, lighting, windows and emergency doors.

Work continues on the new classroom wing, music suite addition to the auditorium, physical education addition to the south gymnasium, and two new classrooms to be constructed between the gym and 500-hallway. A great deal of masonry work has been completed on these additions, and work will continue this winter on the masonry and steel rising throughout the complex.

Crews have demolished the downstairs classrooms and are currently working on the boiler and mechanical systems that will occupy this same space that previously housed BHS’s music and industrial arts classes. Installation of piping and equipment for these mechanical systems will continue through the winter months. The school’s new heating, cooling and electrical systems will be operational by the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

With the new classroom wing, music and physical education wings scheduled to be completed in time for the 2012-2013 school year, renovations will begin on existing classrooms next school year, as well as the conversion of the north gymnasium to a new media center, computer lab, multipurpose room and the school’s main office.

Final renovations to the central commons area and dining hall and other final work are scheduled during the summer of 2013. While many of the additions and renovations will be completed sooner, the BHS project is scheduled to be completed in its entirety by the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

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