PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is just one more school year left for the current Taconic High School.
Across the driveway, workers have been constructing a new $120.8 million school. On a daily basis, an average of 150 workers under different subcontracts and companies report to the site every morning. The project has crossed the 50 percent completion mark and is on pace for substantial completion in June.
Much of the focus now is on enclosing the building. The plan is to have the exterior sealed up before Nov. 1 when the heat comes on. The exterior includes a significant amount of glass, much of which is currently going up in various sections of the building.
Meanwhile, the school's mechanical systems are progressing quickly at this point as well.
The new school is divided into four sections: A, B, C, D, with the westernmost side being A and the easternmost being D. The work timeline was scheduled more attention on section A and moving east from the start.
In sections A and B, where the media center, gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, computer classrooms, locker rooms, and the front entrance are located, the mechanicals are nearly complete. In that section about 90 percent of the duct work has been completed, new boilers installed, electrical is laid but not completed throughout.
In some sections, walls are being painted and the ceiling is being put up.
The gymnasium and the cafeteria's concrete floors have been poured in recent months. The auditorium's floor is on hold until the mechanical equipment, mostly up high, is completed - the floor will be slanted when poured making for uneven ground for equipment.
The other side features the shops and classrooms. The framing for the classroom and breakout spaces are currently being installed. All but one of the shop floors have been poured. And plumbers and electrical are hooking up the systems.
In sections C and D, the workers are focusing on the top-down - so the third floor is further along than the lower floors.
iBerkshires has been touring the facility regularly since the groundbreaking. Take a look at our ongoing photo collection below; the newest photos are at the end.
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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title
By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.
Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.
“We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today and we were a totally different team and we were ready to play,” Coach Glebus said. “Our bats were alive, our defense was alive and our pitching was outstanding. I’m not complaining, but for some reason, on Sundays we come out alive. We really did play well today, and that’s when it counts.”
The Force won their Babe Ruth New England Regional earlier this summer to qualify for the World Series. The team heads down to Jensen Beach, Florida, on Thursday, and this tournament served as a nice dress rehearsal for the action ahead.
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