School project slated for May completion

Delays due to weather and steel availability have pushed back the Support Services Building project at the site of the former Anson Middle School a couple of months.

Despite the delays, Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the Marshalltown Community School District, said the project is going well and is expected to be completed at the end of May.

The $1.6 million project led by general contractor Garling Construction of Belle Plaine, will create an elevator, stairs and an entryway access to the building, which is the former middle school site.

This building will eventually have a second floor renovation to be the future home of the school district central administration office. The next phase will be put out to bid this spring with expected completion in early 2014, Simpson said.

Despite being between two schools – the Marshalltown Learning Academy and Anson Elementary School – Simpson said the project has had minimal disruption to classes.

“The schedule isn’t impacting programming,” Simpson said.

In fact, the elementary school will benefit once this current project is complete as there will be a new internal road to the north that will work as another drop-off point.

“That will relieve some traffic pressure there,” Simpson said.