It stands in front of the existing Hall High School building. Its steel frames have been put in the ground, and walls have been hoisted into place.
The new Hall High School in Spring Valley is beginning to take shape.
Illinois Valley residents know the building is going up, but you may not know everything the new building — and its construction— has to offer.
1. It’s keeping local. There has been a movement lately to support and promote local businesses. Contractors at the new building fit the bill.
Jason Samolinski, superintendent at Leopardo Construction said that there are at least 25 Hall High graduates working on the construction for the new building.
Leopardo didn’t stop there. Samolinski also said that 75 percent of the contractors working on the new building are local as well.
Contractors are also incorporating part of the existing building into the new building, said Samolinski.
Some Hall alumnae don’t want to see the old building get demolished. The good news for them. Not all of the exisiting building will be taken down.
“We’re reclaiming some of the bricks from the entrance of the existing building into a mural on a wall in the new cafeteria,” Samolinski said.
Aside from the bricks being implemented inside of the new school it will also feature masonry details that resemble that of the existing building as well.
Not to mention, there is still a plan to put a new memorial on the new school campus to replace what trees were lost at the original memorial.
2. It’s going green. Currently, the new school construction is following the requirements to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites set forth by the program that involves “going green” according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website.
Early talk about solar panel energy hasn’t yet been confirmed but it could be a possibility for the future building.
The new building will be substantially more environmentally friendly.
Samolinski said some of the work Leopardo is working on involves recycling and controlling wasteful water use.
3. It’s money conscious. There is no doubt about it; the final ticket cost of the new building will bring some sticker shock, with a cost of nearly $30 million.
Currently Leopardo is staying under the expected budget. Not only that, they are on schedule, said Samolinski.
The school is expected to be ready for the 2015-16 school years.
Lauren Blough can be reached at (815) 220-6931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.