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Construction continues on new Warren campus

Construction progress as of April 2020. (Photo Provided)

Although the new Warren Elementary School will be finished next month, there will be plenty of construction still happening on campus.

“The high school is almost 50 percent complete,” said Warren Local School Superintendent Kyle Newton. “The opening date will be in the summer.”

He said there are two sections of the school under roof. The third section, which is the in the middle of the school, will be under roof in the next three weeks. Windows will be added before October, he added.

“On the interior, there are walls in most subsections,” he said. “There is a completely different design as compared to the elementary school.”

Work continues at Warren Middle School, where renovations are taking place in the cafeteria, as well as electrical, plumbing and mechanical. Newton said the HVAC will be completely upgraded.

“The educational spaces have already been upgraded,” he added.

A new gym will be added behind the building near the soccer field and new elementary school.

“The gym at the middle school is ridiculously small,” Newton said. “The current gym will be multi-purpose and a cafeteria.”

What is now the cafeteria will be a serving area where students get their food, as well as some office space. The new gym will be an 84 foot court, which is 10 feet longer than that of the new elementary.

“That project is to be bid in late September and the bid could come back the first week of November,” he explained. “The final completion would be around Christmas of next year.”

Once the new buildings are occupied, the old ones will be demolished. The site of the demolished high school will be used as youth practice fields. The old Warren and Little Hocking elementaries are set to be torn down this fall.

Building 2 will be used for athletics and storage, as well as the agriculture labs and technology hub.

Building 6, which is now the gym and auditorium, will be renovated as the eventual home of the school administration offices. The bus garage and buses will remain on the Sweetapple Drive campus, although it has not yet been determined what will be done with the administration building.

“That might be a full two years away,” Newton explained.

Barton Malow, the lead construction team for the school building project, noted the onsite construction work will increase traffic on and around the campus. Additional time should be allowed for commutes two and from school.

“In addition, the drivers of trucks and mobile equipment may have obstructed views that can make it difficult to see pedestrians and/or vehicles,” they wrote. “Maintain vigilance and use extra caution as drivers, bikers and pedestrians when navigating the area adjacent to trucks and equipment.”

The construction work area will be defined by a six-foot high construction fence. The clearly marked construction entrances will be open to facilitate construction activities. Warning signs will posted at each entrance. The general public will not be allowed in the designated construction work areas.

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