Progress continues on the Washington School District’s early childhood center under construction at the Washington West Elementary campus.

Updates on that project and other facility improvements were given at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Mark Reuther with Hoener Associates, St. Louis, the district’s architect, said grading has been completed at the early childhood center site and base rock installation was scheduled for this past Friday.

Exterior concrete work around the perimeter and building slab, including the under-slab utility work, is nearly complete, he said.

Structural framing is under way and about 95 percent complete, he noted, and truss installation is finished at the west wing.

Good Progress

“In general, construction progress continues to be good,” Reuther told the board. “We’re trying to get the project under roof to work through the winter.”

The 25,000-square-foot facility will combine three programs under one roof  — early childhood special education, Parents as Teachers and all of the in-town preschools.

The target date for substantial completion is June 2014.

Lawlor Corporation is the general contractor for the $4.1 million project.

Augusta HVAC

Reuther said HVAC renovations at Augusta Elementary are “substantially complete” and the new systems continue to run without any issues.

The only remaining item as of last Wednesday was submittal of the final close-out materials, which should be done very soon, he said.

Albert Arno Inc., St. Louis, is the contractor. The total project cost is $1,320,500, which includes lighting replacement in the gym and boiler replacement.

Marthasville Addition

A design development site plan, floor plan and building elevations for a four-room addition at Marthasville Elementary have been approved, Reuther said.

“Construction documents are under way, and should be ready to issue Dec. 9,” he told the board.

The target bid opening date is scheduled for Jan. 12.

Reuther said he is looking at alternates for the project, including more parking.

The early childhood center project and Augusta and Marthasville work are being funded through a $9 million bond issue approved this past April.

WHS Improvements

Another major project substantially complete is the Washington High School athletic/band complex renovation.

Reuther said there are a few minor items to be addressed, including pavement sealing and restripping work scheduled for this summer, and concrete sealing in another area.

The major overhaul was funded through one-time monies in the district’s capital projects fund and other sources.

The $2.3 million project includes a new track, a synthetic turf field, new lighting, new visiting side bleachers, fencing, improved ADA accessibility, a concrete walkway around the track and an access road.

A community open house was held in early September and the complex was officially dedicated prior to the Blue Jay varsity football game Sept. 6.

The general contractor for the complex project is Byrne & Jones Construction.

Reuther also told the board construction is ongoing for rooftop unit replacement at WHS and structural steel has been installed for the new band room unit.