Activity increases on the middle school construction site

Oct 08, 2018
A recent photo shows developments on the site of the new Camden-Rockport Middle School.

Camden — September saw a great deal of activity on the Camden Rockport Middle School Construction site, with the first vertical structural components soon to rise. The foundation frost walls on the backside of the academic wing where the stair tower will be have been started. The mason will begin building the rear stair tower in early-to-mid October, with the central stair tower and elevator shaft to follow. There will only be vertical structures on site until steel begins being erected in the winter.

Construction of the retaining wall needed around the middle section of the building, where the gym will be, is also underway. According to Superintendent Maria Libby, this is the part of the project that proved complicated and costly to address and was the cause of the more than $300,000 early change order. The light-weight concrete fill solution to stabilize the retaining wall will get underway early in November. In the meantime, excavation for the front half of the facility will begin in earnest.

“I am sure community members have noticed the increased volume of truck traffic in town,” said Libby, “Dump trucks are still hauling fill and tractor trailers are doing deliveries. I have never seen so much blue board stacked up in one location in my life! All the rebar needed for the project is also on site at this point. On [Oct.8] water will be shut down for many residents on Knowlton Street as we do the new water line tie-in for the building.”

Libby added, “The school district appreciates our neighbor’s patience, the cooperation of our town officials, and the support of our entire two communities. When it is all done, we will soon forget about the small disruptions!”

Voting on the MET building will take place on November 6 at the polls. The MET Repurposing Committee recommended that the board place a $4.9 million dollar bond to renovate the MET building on the ballot so the will of the community can be voiced. Voters who are in favor of keeping MET through a $4.9m bond, vote “yes,” and voters who are not (which means the building will be torn down as originally planned in the June 2017 vote), vote “no.”



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