Gary Mozingo, the facilities supervisor for the Pell City School System, said the state building inspector made his final walk-thru of the new storm shelters at Williams Intermediate School.
“The biggest thing was the doors,” Mozingo said.
The classroom doors were not in place when the state building inspector last visited the newly constructed shelters in December. The shelters can also be used as classrooms, once additional work is completed.
The shelters are ready to be used in case of tornadoes, and Mozingo said that’s the most important thing.
“For them to be used as classrooms, we’ll still have to do some more work,” he said. “We’ll do the necessary work when there is a need for additional classroom space.”
The two shelters will accommodate about 800 people, plenty of room to hold the current student/teacher population at Williams Intermediate School.
The shelters cost about $1 million and a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant paid for about half the cost of construction. The new storm shelters can withstand 250 mph winds.
While workers have completed the work at Williams Intermediate School, construction work is moving forward at Eden Elementary School and at the new Central Office, the former Department of Human Services building off Dr. John Haynes Drive, adjacent to Interstate 20.
Mozingo said a classroom next to the main office at Eden is being transformed into office space, with the addition of a new handicap accessible restroom.
He said the renovation work will include the construction of a new nursing station with sick room, the principal’s office and an office for the school bookkeeper.
Mozingo said the work will be completed in-house and is estimated to cost the school system less than $50,000. He said the project was budgeted.
He said work will include a new floor and drop ceiling. He said workers will have to change some of the ductwork for the heating and air unit.
Mozingo said workers have gutted the old burned out part of the former DHR building, which will be the school system’s new central office.
He said the architects should have the drawings for the renovation work completed by next week.
Mozingo said the drawings must first be approved by the state building commission before work in that section of the building can begin.
“About 75-percent of the building is in good shape,” he said.
He said most of the work is painting, replacing ceiling tile, and pulling up the old carpet.
“We are hoping to be through by the first of the summer, so we can start moving in,” Mozingo said.
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