During the October 2 School Board Meeting, Bob Edwards presented a review of the science lab renovations at ConVal Regional High School.
Earlier this year, a complete renovation of four classrooms/laboratories used by the Science Department at ConVal was approved and funded by the School Board and district voters. The initial project estimate was over $1.5 million. The work was funded by a combination of capital reserve funds and a construction bond.
Hutter Construction of New Ipswich was the construction general contractor. A number of local businesses as well as the district facilities staff were involved in the first major upgrade of these spaces since the high school was built in the early 1970s.
During the last week of school, the designated rooms were emptied of all materials and furnishings and the demolition phase of the project began on June 25, just as the 2017-2018 school year ended. Several walls were moved and new ventilation systems were installed, along with electrical and plumbing upgrades. The project also included new cabinetry, counters, sinks, and other furnishings.
The biggest challenge was the tight schedule to complete this project but the job was completed and the rooms were ready for occupation and classes by the end of September. Total costs have come in under the estimate as well.
Be sure to visit if you have an opportunity at the next ConVal Celebrations of Learning!