Coronado to have auditorium by Sept. 1, D-11 Facilities chief says
Coronado High won't quite have an auditorium when the 2008-09 school year starts Monday, Aug. 18, but it won't be long now.
Mike Maloney, facilities director for School District 11, said the latest schedule revision calls for the new facility to be ready at the end of this month.
That's about what the contractor, Gerald H. Phipps Construction, had predicted in late July, although Maloney had still hoped the auditorium could be ready at the start of the school year, as planned. “We're looking at a two-week slip,” he said this week.
On the plus side, two adjoining music classrooms that had unexpectedly needed fire sprinklers will be usable when school starts. The contractor's project superintendent had feared the installation work - a late requirement by the Fire Department - would keep the rooms off limits until late September.
“They [Phipps' workers] have been working 60-hour weeks,” Maloney said, when asked for an explanation of the schedule improvement. He added that he “had a talk with the company vice president in Denver, and he was able to accelerate the schedule.”
A grand opening ceremony (details to be announced) is planned for Sept. 26.
The new auditorium will have roughly double the capacity of the old one. The project has been hampered by cost increases and schedule slips. The final expense of about $5 million is more than three times the original estimate, and a Sept. 1 completion date would be over eight months later than originally expected.
Coronado's auditorium was the major project this summer at Westside schools. Other notable projects were the refurbished lunch area at West Middle School, new air conditioning at Midland Elementary, new lockers and carpet at Holmes Middle School and new windows at Pike and Whittier. Most of the work was funded by the capital improvements bond issue approved by voters in 2005.
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