Steve Hickey, with WRL General Contractors, presented the board members with a construction update at the Whitehouse ISD board meeting Monday, Aug. 21.
Construction fences have been erected at Whitehouse High School to “protect the kids and segregate the construction traffic away from the general population of the campus,” Hickey said.
A lot of utility work has begun including relocating storm lines, sewer lines and water lines. Dirt work and concrete pouring will continue to take place over the next few weeks as well. The new indoor practice facility and science editions are also now under way.
The new athletic complex is nearly 100 percent finished. Baseball and tennis camps were held on the new field and courts, respectively. Concrete flatwork around the concession stand was “basically complete” as of the Aug. 1, Hickey said.
The maintenance building was finished and members of the department began to occupy the facility in the July timeframe. As of Tuesday, Aug. 29, the greenhouse was also nearly completed. Students were anticipated to be able to use the facility by the end of this week.
Recent rains have put construction on the new junior high campus about two weeks behind schedule. Excavations have been filled with water and workers have had to spend time pumping it out in order to continue.
“It’s been a tough month for construction,” Hickey said.
The plumber has been proactive running the under-slab piping. Most of the gym and locker room areas, as well as the main administration and library areas are done.
Despite the delay, Hickey said, “We still have a lot of schedule left and we have a lot of opportunity to make that up.”
The junior high is expected to be ready by mid- to late-July next year so that it can be used for the 2018-19 school year.
Just like the junior high, construction on the new elementary campus is also in its early stages. Dirt work is being conducted and utility piping will soon begin.
Kevin Whitman, director of student auxiliary services, said that even with the various construction projects and traffic that comes with it, bus routes have been unaffected. “Everything’s running smoothly,” he said.
Whitman reminds drivers to use caution and be aware that buses are running in the mornings and afternoons. He suggests commuters plan accordingly and leave a few minutes early to get to work.
“Just watch out for the kids,” he said.