School construction projects near completion

With the Aug. 20 school start date looming, it’s getting to be crunch time for summer construction projects in Marshalltown schools.

District Architect Dave Schulze said the major projects – including the Miller Middle School renovation and the Marshalltown High School electrical service upgrade – should be substantially complete by the start of school. He said there will still be work done into the school year en route to total completion of the projects.

“It’s a tight schedule,” said School Board President Sherm Welker.

The Miller renovation includes the remodeling of 18 classrooms and six restrooms and the addition of air conditioning into that wing of the school. It is being done by Garling Construction, of Belle Plaine, for $1.7 million.

The electrical service work upgrades the equipment at the high school and will help with future work at the school. This $1.49 million project is being led by Price Industrial, of Hiawatha.

Though both projects appear a long way from being done, Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the district said the “ugly part” is right at the last minute of work.

MHS is also undergoing renovation to house the Project Lead the Way classrooms, but those will not be complete until well into the school year.

The school board talked this week about projects on the horizon in the district as it updated portions of its facilities plan. Bids are expected to be let out in the next several weeks on phase one of the MHS Roundhouse renovation and the Support Services Building renovation for the future home of administration offices.

There will also be public hearings during board meetings on the projects in the coming weeks, where further details will be released.