Blockwork on the new Matanzas High School building that will house a construction lab and a new media center is expected to be completed by Nov. 1, said Chuck Coates, the expansion project’s manager.
Work began on the school’s $22 million expansion in late July. The new central energy plant is also nearly finished, Coates said, and prep work is proceeding for the new multipurpose pre-engineered metal building which will be adjacent to the current athletic fieldhouse.
Coates said the multipurpose building, which will support athletics and PE programs, is scheduled to be delivered on Dec. 4, with assembly expected in mid-December.
Coates and Kory Bush, the district’s director of plant services, gave the School Board an update on the project at a board workshop on Oct. 17.
Bush said owner-direct purchases have saved the district over $140,000 on the project.
The school's construction class has had monthly walkthroughs on the Building 5 site, which will house the construction lab, career technical education classrooms and a second-floor media center, replacing the current media center that will be converted into additional cafeteria space.
Coates said the construction students have been very eager.
“Each week we meet with them,” he said.
H.A. Contracting Corp. is leading the project, which is expected to be completed in 2025.