Elementary construction reaches milestone

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On Oct. 26 and 27, the construction of the new Sealy Elementary School reached a milestone when red iron beams were placed into the concrete and 25,000 square feet of more concrete was poured into another area.

Sealy ISD Project Manager Mike Zapalac said this means the first floor slab is nearly 60 percent complete and it is the beginning of the framework for the building.

“When we set up those beams, that really is the skeleton of the building and the skin of it will go up pretty fast,” Zapalac said. “Somewhere around the end of next month, we’ll start seeing some wall construction too.”

Zapalac said the structural steel that will be the building’s frame will likely be finished in approximately 45 days. If everything stays on schedule, the building’s construction on the exterior and wall construction should be done with power established by April.

This will allow interior construction such as electrical work to begin and accomplish the goal of having the building done by July.

The effects of the hurricane season are still being felt by the construction crew as they have been dealing with delayed deliveries of the steel needed to create the framework.

“The company that does all the engineering for us is based in Florida so Irma pushed back our production of steel,” Zapalac said. “Plus here we’ve had eight rain days which has pushed us back as well.”

Despite these setbacks, the construction will likely still be complete in time for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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