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Washington, DC 20016
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Alice Deal Middle School Modernization Update
Prepared by: Heery International, Inc.
December 3, 2007
The work taking place on the interior of the building (Area 3A) is well underway. The demolition is nearly completed and new walls are being framed up on the second floor with the first and third floors to follow next week. The footings for the new monumental stair in the west light court have been poured and the stairs will be installed late next month. The new building systems (plumbing, electrical, sprinkler, etc.) have been installed throughout most of the 3A area. One of the biggest challenges of this project has been the installation of new systems while maintaining service from the old systems without disrupting school operations. Thus far, the issues have been minimal and service has been maintained throughout the building.
The masonry walls for the gymnasium are underway and should be completed in early January. The ground floor slab for the gymnasium will be poured over the next two weeks and the north and south walls will then be erected.
Many obstacles were encountered regarding the construction of the cafeteria and gymnasium. The biggest of which was the existing underground electrical service which was located beneath the footprint of the new cafeteria. A new electrical ductbank was constructed to re-route the electrical service around the new construction and still maintain electrical service to the rest of the building. The switchover occurred last Tuesday night with no interruption to school services. Accomplishing this milestone will allow the rest of the footings for the cafeteria to be constructed.
In spite of the delays, we are still anticipating completion of the gym, cafeteria and Area 3A by March of 2008. To accomplish this task, portions of the work will be accelerated, including working Saturdays and possibly some Sundays. A contingency plan is being developed in the event that this initial completion date cannot be met. If necessary, the execution of the contingency plan will still allow the Phase II work to begin in March, 2008 as planned with minimal changes to school operations.