A new handicapped accessible walkway from the school to the track was paved.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 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. The staff members had been asked to pack up before they left for the summer and a moving company transported the boxes from the old classrooms to the new.
However, there is still some work being done on site. The auditorium and the shops are still considered construction zones. In the auditorium, the final bit of wiring is being done along with a back wall being installed. Soon, seats and aisle carpet will be laid.
Electricians have been putting in extra days in this final month before school starts to finish up in the shops and the work left in some classes. In a week or so, the plants for the green roofs are expected to be placed.
There is still furniture and equipment expected to arrive later this week and into next week. The heating and cooling system is expected to be commissioned soon and health and building inspectors are expected to give their approval on the culinary kitchen.
Once the final pieces of the project are done in time for the students to arrive in late August, there will still be some punch list items and cleaning to be done.
Meanwhile, deconstruction of the original Taconic has already begun. A fence surrounds the building and inside asbestos abatement and some internal demolition underway. Once that building is demolished, workers will install playing fields in that space.
At the new Taconic, the landscaping around the building and parking lots are just about complete. That includes a new walkway to the track. In a separate project, the track and fencing are expected to be repairs and a community effort including donated labor and material from the construction companies working on the project is going to install new dugouts for the baseball field.
The new 246,520 square feet building, set to accommodate 920 students, broke ground in 2016. The site had been a small parking lot and rocky terrain. It has since been transformed into a new school. Skanska USA, architects Drummey Rosane Anderson Inc., and Gilbane Construction have been overseeing the work.
iBerkshires has been regularly following the project. Check out our photos from a number of tours of the site below. The newest photos are first and then the rest are chronological.
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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race
By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
Morse is joined by a large crowd of supporters at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night.
HOLYOKE, Mass. — They said he couldn't do it.
There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.
"When I ran for mayor eight years ago, people had a few things to say. They said No. 1, wait your turn. No. 2 maybe run for something else. Or No. 3, don't run at all, you are too young, too gay, too progressive, you are not going get elected here in the city of Holyoke," Alex Morse said at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night to a crowd full of supporters.
They said he couldn't do.
There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been. click for more
By 2010, the old YMCA boathouse was just about to fall into the lake because it had fallen into such disrepair.
Scott Graves then had an idea to save it. He'd take the property that wasn't one the tax rolls, renovate it and turn it into a private marina and club. Instead of the city ultimately... click for more
More than two dozen teenagers from Camp Lenox spent Friday cleaning up the west side of Pittsfield.
In partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the campers cleaned up Durant Park, Columbus Avenue, and opened up the staircase at the end of Francis Avenue that had become overgrown... click for more
When Patrick Kavey returned to his hometown he had trouble finding work.
"I started applying to professional jobs. I had an interesting time finding either a job that would compensate me based on what you would see for an area of this size in the region or just finding specific jobs in general,"... click for more
Wetland issues have derailed planned improvements to Pontsoosuc Lake Park.
The Friends of Pontoosuc Lake received $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act with the intent to restore the beach on the Hancock Road side. The city's Parks, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager Jim... click for more