City Schools' construction work progressing

By Mandy Mahan

Wabash High School’s Alumni Field was dedicated in September following a major renovation.

Work at the field included creating a new eight-lane track, turf field for football and soccer, new lights, new scoreboard and  new visitor seating.

It was the first of several major projects undertaken by the Wabash City Schools district at both the Wabash High School and Wabash Middle School campus and at the L.H. Carpenter building.

Other work includes:

Installing a new balcony with 575 seats at Coolman Gym, along with new locker rooms and coaches’ offices.

A new secured entrance for Wabash Middle School that includes a connecting hallway between the high and middle schools, along with some additional maintenance spaces under the hallway.

A new wing with eight classrooms to be used for kindergarten next year at L.H. Carpenter, along with small group spaces, remodeled classrooms for pre-school and remodeled space for cafeteria.

According to WCS Business Manager, Matt Stone, the projects are going well with few delays.

“We have had some minor delays but nothing more than a few days,” said Stone. “We had some crews that had illness issues or got pulled for other projects but those were just short delays.  The turf field company got a late start by one week because they were finishing their last project in Michigan.”

The Coolman Gym project is projected to be done by late October, with the new balcony and locker rooms being done by late January.

The connector project is set to be completed by early March.  L.H. Carpenter is set to have the new wing open for the start of the second semester and the current wing remodel job to be done by late summer of 2021. 

“Our construction manager, Hagerman Inc., has done a great job of dealing with any possible delays and worked hard to keep things on track,” said Stone. “They have done a great job of working with everyone to coordinate things and keep everything moving.”

Posted on 2020 Sep 29