By Errol Castens/Daily Journal Oxford Bureau
OXFORD – Officials overseeing construction of the new Oxford High School say the project is on schedule to meet its January 2014 opening target.
Up until very recently, most of the progress on the Sisk Avenue site has been horizontal.
In addition to site prep, drainage and underground utilities, most foundations and ground floors have been poured.
“Tomorrow or Wednesday we’ll be pouring slabs on the last building on the front,” said Sonny Brownlee, director of school services for the Oxford School District.
Footings for the cafeteria and gym are 50-percent complete, plumbing and electrical connections have been roughed-in under most buildings and much of the masonry has been delivered.
A great deal of dirt has been spread on what will eventually be a football field, although the current stadium will likely be used for several years yet before a new one is built.
Now, vertical progress is starting to become visible.
“On the administration building, doorframes are going up,” Brownlee said.
Tim Prewitt, construction supervisor for the district, said concrete blocks are also going up on the administration building.
“We’re letting them start laying block earlier than they normally would,” he said. “Hopefully that will keep most of the heavy equipment off the slab and minimize cracking.”
One of the most visible rising elements is the installation of steel columns on the Student Media Center.
While general contractor Yates Construction Inc. has expressed some concern about subcontractor Johnson Controls’ progress on the HVAC system, Brownlee said, Yates is confident it can meet the opening-date target.
“Per the Contractor’s schedule they are right on track with their expected progress,” Brownlee said.