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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR ) AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ! i:i ', !:: i) ::: l: Warren Town and County WS Vol. 43 No. 8 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ Thursday, July 14, 2011 SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Auditorium and Stadium Construction Update The sun has been shining on Norwalk for the past two weeks and the contractors have taken full advantage of the great weather. The extreme rains in June caused unanticipated construction delays that were beyond anybody's control. The District has conducted numerous meetings with the construction professionals and contrac- tors to develop alternative action plans to keep moving and make up for lost time. Everybody involved knows the critical importance of completing these projects be- fore school starts. Everyone has stepped up to the plate to put in the extra effort to get the work done. Contractors have agreed to work outside regular construction hours and on weekends at no additional cost to the District. The School Board in- vested in additional soil additives called fly ash at the Stadium and High School Parking lots to provide stability to the sub-grade soil and keep the soil more resistant to rain water retention. All of these measures were taken to keep the project running on schedule. Story Construction serves as the District's construction manager. Their job is to direct the construction sequences, coordinate the work provided by all of the various trade contractors and monitor the job performance. Story performs these services, reporting back to the architect and the district construction officials. A special progress meeting was held Thursda36 July 7, to evaluate the current construction progress in relationship to the original construction timeline. Story Construction reported that due to the concentrated efforts during the last two weeks of sunny days the project is back on track with the original timeline. If Norwalk experiences normal July weather, the Secondary Construction Projects should be completed before school starts Wednes- day, Aug. 24. However, if we have another July like the summer of 2008 or 2010, it will be difficult to avoid construction delays. We all know that weather is a variable of construction that is beyond our control. When I hear about the severe floods in western Iowa, I am reminded that a few construction delays are insignificant com- pared to the loss of a home, hospital, school or business. The rains have caused dam- age to local homes but the school has been spared any property damage. Construc- tion will be completed as planned. We can deal with a few delays. Stadium: The turf is down!!! The Stadium project construction phasing is very time sensitive due to the sequencing of turf and track installation. The project must be completed in phases, working from the inside out. The infield required extensive sub-grade preparation including a system of field drains, then a special 1A" rock infill, followed by the turf carpet surface and finally the rubber pellet infill material that gives the turf bounce and cushion. The track installation follows a similar pro- cess of sub-grade drainage lines, compaction, rock infill, an asphalt layer and finally the sprayed top coat track rubber surface. All of these steps require a specific num- ber of days for installation. The asphalt and the final track spray both require a certain amount of cure time between the installation steps. All of these installation phases have been accounted for in the construction timeline, with an estimate for down time for regular rainy events. Auditorium: The seats are in!!! The auditorium and new band classroom con- struction has not been hampered by the rain. All systems are on "go" with the final construction details. The flooring and seats have been installed in the house. The stage flooring is complete and contractors are preparing to install final stage rigging, sound and lighting equipment and curtains. Story Construction anticipates full completion of the auditorium in mid-August. The new band classrooms are essen- tially complete. A crew of volunteer students and members from Music Boosters moved classroom furnishings into the new band room on July 11. The remodel ork at the old band and vocal rooms is complete with painting and installation of new flooring and storage cabinets. High School Parking: Completion of the parking lot by the start of school is critical to school operations. Final grading is almost complete and paving has started on the east end of the lot. Story Construction is very confident the High School parking lot will be ready to go when school starts August 24. Norwalk has seen a flurry of construction during the past five years at both the School and City facilities. All of these projects are signs of a vibrant and growing community. The community has been very supportive of the School District's goals to provide our students with quality facilities to advance learning as well as provide opportunities for youth activities. The new auditorium and stadium facilities are evidence of this support. Norwalk Schools will have much to celebrate with the opening of school this fail. More photos p.8 July 4th Celebration A Success! July Fourth Parade Marshal, Brandon Routh and his wife Courtney. See pages 10 and 11 for parade photos. See pages 14 and 15 for Lions Club winners. Photo submitted.