New center construction to begin

BRIDGEPORT — Construction on the nearly $500,000 Raymond Stewart Exercise and Science Center on the Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools campus will begin in mid-May.

The project is expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The Bridgeport Board of Education unanimously approved awarding the bid to K&K Home Builders of Bridgeport in the amount of $414,750.

“We’re happy. We had the bids come through, and we had a bid fit within what we expected the budget to be,” Superintendent Zac Shutler said. “We’re just very thankful for Raymond Stewart and his love of science. This exercise science lab is going to be a major asset to the district. It’s going to be part of a career pathway for students interested in medicine, nursing, exercise physiology, athletic training. … This is a program that you are going to get to learn about the human body and how it functions.

“It’s going to really be something that benefits the students for generations to come,” Shutler added. “The fact that we should be able to get it funded through the Career Pathway it should be able to sustain itself for many generations.”

The structure will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will include office space for the instructor. It will be built in the north courtyard adjacent to the cafetorium.

Weather permitting, work is expected to begin May 12 and 13 with demolition of concrete in the courtyard. Demolition will continue May 19-20, along with moving a drain and post, according to the pre-construction schedule provided by Schuster. Footers will be dug and poured the week of May 28. Wells and piers will be poured and a new electrical pad installed the week of June 4. The floor will be poured and graded and the floor outlets will be roughed in during the week of June 11. The week of June 18 will see steel being set and work on the roof starting. That is expected to take two weeks. Framing of the roof walls and installation of the glass walls will also take two weeks.

Work to finish the roof and cap the wall, as well as framing of metal studs will start the week of July 5. The electric will be roughed in four days later, with the HVAC unit and duct work being done the week of July 12. Drywall will be painted and the ceilings and interior doors hung the week of July 23.

Lights will be hung and the electrical trimmed out on Aug. 1, while exterior grading the walls being completed five days later. A punch-out list will be completed the week of Aug. 13, with cleanup slated for the next week.

“The construction area will not be accessible to students when school is in session,” Kayafas said. “Also, summer school in the first three weeks of June will not be affected.”

Shutler said the search for a qualified instructor will be posted internally first. Then it will be posted on the Ohio Department of Education website.

“Hopefully, we will get some qualified applicants or people who are willing to go through the certification process,” he noted.