Parker construction moves inside for winter months

With the arrival of winter weather, construction activities at Parker Junior High School are moving inside.

Construction crews are striving to nearly completely seal off the Parker addition so that work can continue indoors during cold weather months, Gerald Guy told the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education on Monday.

Guy, of Green Associates, the general contractor for the Parker expansion, said work is progressing on time and within the allocated budget.  The project is on schedule to be completed at the beginning of June, he said.

When the $7.5 million project is finished, Parker will have eight new classrooms, a science lab and art room, along with an “after hours” entrance to the building. The project also includes a 2,500 square foot storage facility, a lighted parking lot for 79 vehicles, and a storm water detention area to curb flooding. 

According to Green Associates’ monthly progress report on the project:

  • Masonry work is continuing with the installation of non-load bearing walls. All walls separating classrooms have been completed.
  • Aluminum window framing in classrooms has started. Glass delivery and installation is slated to begin Dec. 1.
  • The overhead door for the storage building is being installed.
  • Structural steel beams and a steel roof joist have been installed in all areas.
  • The metal roof deck has been installed in all areas except for a portion of the corridor and art room.
  • Roofing insulation and stocking on the metal roof deck has arrived and installation of insulation and the roof membrane has started.

The Parker expansion is taking place at the school’s former playground and outdoor courts and fields. The remaining green space will be used for all-purpose fields.

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