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12/19/2013 7:55:00 AM
Contractors still working to enclose JFK addition

Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter

The cold December weather slowed down construction work on the Spring Valley Elementary addition behind John F. Kennedy School.

William VanDusen, architect from Allied Design Consultants Inc. in Springfield, told the board at Wednesday’s meeting that the freezing temperatures at the beginning of December did not help the construction process. He said the work was two weeks behind schedule; however, a lot of progress was being made.

“Despite the freezing temperatures the contractors are working on both the inside and outside of the building,” he said.

VanDusen said the south side of the addition is enclosed. Some areas have temporary measures while waiting for more windows and such to come in. The roofing for the south side is 100 percent finished and temporary heating along with water, lighting and electricity has been installed for contractors working on the inside.

The north side still has some work to be done. The roofing is only 25 percent done and in many areas a temporary water proofing system is in place, but VanDusen admits some areas are still exposed to the winter weather. Also, windows need to be added and floor slabs still need to be poured.

VanDusen said temperature can slow down the placement of the slabs since the cement being poured needs to stay at 70 degrees for three days or 50 degrees for five days. He said the crew has laid an insulated blanket over the ground to keep it warm and have been measuring the temperatures under the blanket.

He added that the average workers on site each day is in the mid-40s and before the cold weather it was around 50.

“The cold weather has not necessarily impacted very significantly the man power on the job,” he said.

VanDusen remains hopeful that the early cold temperatures means it will warm up after the New Year and the crew will be able to catch up by working more on the inside.

In other business:

- Fifth-grade teacher Paula Toraason and two of her students presented the class’s solar system projects to the board.

-Superintendent Jim Hermes said he is working on setting up a meeting with the city of Spring Valley and the Illinois Department of Transportation to talk about the Safe Routes to School issue.

- The board approved the October board policy updates.

- The board approved a final 2013 tax levy which will go up to a 2.96 tax rate because of a decline in assessed valuations.

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