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Finishing touches at new middle school almost complete

Oct 05, 2020
Photos by: Trina Schroeder This cafeteria inside has a wood ceiling and modern lighting. On the right, the window holds a view of Mt. Battie. This mural chart of Penobscot Bay lays on the end wall.

Camden — The finishing touches are happening at the new Camden Rockport Middle School and the project will be completed Nov. 2 as originally planned, on time and within budget.

Students have been in the building for a few weeks, and the contractor is in "punch list mode" in the interior. On the exterior, they have nearly finished the second coat of paint.

A granite sculpture, “Water, Wind, and Stone,” by artist Jesse Salisbury was installed a week ago. Salisbury has numerous granite sculptures in and outside of Maine, including one at the Portland Jetport. This sculpture was one of many made possible by the contributions of private citizens and businesses. This week, the area around the sculpture will be filled with loam, grass seed and mulch as the final landscaping.

The final coat of pavement on the parent drop-off loop and staff parking lot is completed. The islands will be planted this week, and the final playground surfaces installed. Individuals are advised to stay off areas where grass is trying to grow, and plants are being established.

"We are thrilled with the final product and would like to express appreciation for the excellent work done by Steve Claffie, the Ledgewood Site Supervisor, Tyler Barter, Rob Tillotson, and Chantel Tardiff, the Oak Point architects, Peter Reynolds and Jason Dill, the Ledgewood Project Managers, Tom McNealy, the Clerk of the Works and our Owners Representative, Mary Beth Van Keuren," said Superintendent Maria Libby in a press release.

"This team was tireless and steadfast throughout the project, overcoming hurdles, collaborating and problem-solving with the district and one another at every step of the way. We are incredibly pleased with how well the building rests in the neighborhood, how well-designed it is both functionally and aesthetically, and the quality with which it was built to last."

The middle school staff will offer tours to the public later this year, and will do so as soon as possible and can be structured in a safe manner.

"We look forward to sharing this incredible building with our two communities and trust it will serve us well for generations to come. Thank you for your support in making the new middle school a reality," said Libby.

The mosaic and bench from the former school was relocated to the main foyer.
Around the corner from the cafeteria is the Bisbee Theater, currently used for music classes. The theater has 225 seats and will offer additional local theater spaces.
The gymnasium sports a wood floor, reused bleachers from the former school, six hoops and markings for volleyball. Skylights provide natural light.
The library has views of the playing fields with spacious windows. The windows hold cushioned seating.
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 07, 2020 10:22

Stephen, you have found something I finally would agree with LePage on. It isn't just Camden schools either ... by a long shot.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Oct 07, 2020 08:45

This building is both beautiful & inspirational , the best money can buy, your money.  I believe this is what Gov. Lepage was referring to when he stated that his objection to school funding was because most of the money was being spent on elaborate buildings and not on teachers and education.  Seeing this I  would have to agree with him.

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