Past, Present and Future Come Together as PHS Addition Progresses

January 30, 2015
Courtesy photo  The PHS addition progresses despite the frigid temperatures

Courtesy photo The PHS addition progresses despite the frigid temperatures

submitted by Amanda Lecaroz, Superintendent

Freezing winter temperatures have not been able to slow down progress on the Pelham High School renovation project as work continues to move forward in the quest to complete the new 29-classroom addition for the fall of 2015.

After the last of the addition’s steel structure was erected in late December, the district held a Topping Out Ceremony where a lighted tree graced the highest steel beam that was signed by the entire PHS senior class and staff.

Making the event even more special was that the owner of the steel company used for the project, Stephen Chasse of S.L Chasse Steel Fabrication & Erection of Hudson, is a PHS graduate from the class of 1983.  PHS has always prided itself in perpetuating the belief that past and present generations lay the foundation and support for future Pelham students and in this one case, the past, present, and future of PHS both literally and figuratively came together on one wonderful day.

At the end of December and during the early days of January over the holiday vacation, the construction crews took advantage of an empty school building to temporarily close down one exit on the north side of the building.  This allowed BP&S to begin the foundation work for the new main entrance of the building.  Getting a head start on this foundation work gives the crews some flexibility for the summer months when a significant amount of work has been planned for completion.

Inside the plastic wrap encasing the new addition where it is approximately a balmy 50 degrees thanks to heaters on both ends of the structure, the underground plumbing is currently being installed on the first floor.  The concrete decking has been poured on half of the surface up on the second floor and the second half is being prepared for pouring in the near future.

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