Camden Rockport Middle School construction project update

By Superintendent Maria Libby | Sep 06, 2018
Photo by: Courtesy of Steve Claffee A view of the back side of the gym, as work progresses on the Camden Rockport Middle School construction project.

The CRMS project broke ground on or about July 16 this summer. Since that time a large part of the building has been demolished, including the eighth-grade wing, the chorus room, mini-theater, mini-gym and former Industrial Arts room. The demolition crew noted questionable construction techniques as they cut into the building, including the large span walls of the mini-gym being nothing but two-by-six construction. Code today would require significant steel reinforcement. In addition to demolition, excavation of the foundation area under the entire academic wing is almost complete. The cement subcontractor has also poured most of the footings in that area. Another surprise has been the amount of unsuitable soils discovered during excavation. There have been numerous “stump” dumps found that have needed to be dug out and filled with crushed stone.

The crew is also in the midst of installing sheet pilings to protect the existing structure while excavation and construction are underway for the new building. Other work has included relocating the gymnasium emergency exits since the furthest wall from Knowlton Street is now an exterior wall that is well above grade. Three portable classrooms have arrived and are being installed to make up for some of the space that was demolished. Those will be in use for the two years of construction.

The loam in the construction area has been removed and stockpiled for later use. As excavation work has happened, some of the material has been used to build up the level of the lower field. That will be the location of the new baseball field. The crew also built a temporary access road along the back side of the school property, as that is how nearly all construction vehicles are getting on-site. Lions Lane will be particularly busy with construction traffic the next two years.

During the next few weeks, the contractor will continue working on the foundation by finishing the footings and the frost wall for the academic wing, backfilling as necessary. They will remove the last of the demolition material and will also finish installing the sheet piling. The back side of the school looks a lot different and it has been exciting to see the project begin. A construction fence has been installed, so if you want to come and take a look at the activity, make sure you stay outside of the fence. We will have the ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9:45 a.m. for anyone who is interested in attending.



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