An oil spill has led to contractors to dip more into the contingency fund for the new Taconic High School.
Jim Moran, project manager with Skanska USA, said during the demolition of the original school, a slab under the boiler room was removed, unveiling an oil spill contaminating the soil. The land there had to be remediated and rain had poured in requiring treatment.
The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.
But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But, the doors are open and a ribbon cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.
For all intents and purposes, the new Taconic High School building is done.
A temporary certificate of occupancy has been granted and administrative staff has been working out of the new $120.8 million building. The teacher's supplies sit in boxes in each room and next week they'll start unpacking and setting up the classrooms.
Residents will get one final chance to walk the halls of the current Taconic High School before it meets the wrecking ball.
Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. the current Taconic will be open for walk-throughs.
In one month, a certification of occupancy will be issued and staff will be allowed into the new $120.8 million to start setting up their offices.
But before then, more than 100 tradesmen remain on site putting together the final pieces. Work is expected to continue for a few months after June as workers complete punch list items. But, the next milestone is at the end of June when the building hits the "substantially complete" mark.
Gilbane Construction is scheduled to finish the new Taconic High School on June 29.
From there, a moving company will be contracted to bring all of the equipment being kept at the current school over to the new one. Teachers will be asked to box up their classrooms and whichever moving company wins the bid will make the transition.
Tiling, fixtures, flooring, more tiling, painting, and ceilings.
That's what's getting the biggest focus at the new Taconic High School building. The mechanical systems are mostly complete and now the finishing touches are being installed throughout most of the building.
Nearly all of the mechanical and exterior work is complete and the focus at the new Taconic High School is transitioning to painting and finishing.
The $120.8 new school has been under construction for just short of two years and is on track to be completed this summer. Workers broke ground in March of 2016 and the building's target completion date is July 1. In July and August, the equipment will be moved into the new school and shortly after, the demolition of the current building will begi