Construction on the new parking lot at Eureka High School continues as scheduled and is expected to be complete by July 31.
"The substantial completion date for the parking lot is the end of July, and we are comfortable we are going to hit that date," said Rockwood Facilities Director Chris Freund. "That's pretty impressive. The contractor has done a good job of working through inclement weather."
Freund most recently met with the project manager July 9 and said he is comfortable with the progress construction crews are making. A July 31 finish date is nearly two weeks before school starts on Aug. 12.
"Right now we have all the concrete curbing going in," said Freund. "Much of that will be poured, July 11. Then you'll start seeing concrete surfacing on the north drive going in and up around the front of the building. Then another layer of asphalt will go in over the center parking lots, and we'll finish on the south drive."
Freund said Rockwood administrators have collaborated with MoDOT officials to add a dedicated left-hand turn lane to the north entrance to Eureka High at the northbound Highway 109 stop light.
"Before we started, there really were only two lanes – one coming in and one going north and south," said Freund. "Now we are widening that drive and adding a northbound left-turn lane. That will help traffic leaving campus, immensely."
Freund said when school starts next month, there will be a few more parking spaces than there were before construction on the 90,000-square foot STEM addition began. Eventually, there will be 130 additional spaces.
"There still will be construction taking place after the beginning of the school year," said Freund. "The building completion date is 2020, but our intent is to have all construction activities confined to the building pad and the north drive around the back."
Eureka High Principal Charlie Crouther said, "I've walked around the construction and attended meetings in the trailer with the project manager. Things are going right on schedule. I am very pleased and satisfied we will be ready on Aug. 12."
"I appreciate the leadership of Chris Freund and Paul Northington in monitoring the progress of this project at Eureka High School, as well as the other projects being completed in the district," said Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles. "We will continue to provide bond issue updates throughout July and August."