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New Gilson Middle School Construction Project
 Gilson Middle School Concept Drawing Aerial View
Project Description

This $30M new Middle School project is a replacement of the 45-year old Gilson
Junior High School. The new 56,125 SF school will include classrooms, career
tech education, a new gym, wrestling room, wood shop, track & field, and
reconfigured traffic flows and parking. Construction will began early June 2013 and
is scheduled to be complete December 2014.

Project Update

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

June 2014
Harris Sand & Gravel (HS&G) finished installing, flushing, testing and backfilling the water main; started excavating, preparing subgrade and installing the drainage system for the athletic field and track; prepared subgrade for curb, sidewalk and site improvements; and performed earthwork for the High School (HS) west canopy slab and nearby seat wall.

Dawson finished the fascia and soffit for the Middle School (MS) covered walkway; placed the radiant concrete slab and started replacing the roof and fascia for the HS west canopy; constructed the concrete seat wall and most of the HS walkways; finished most of the siding trim; installed Trespa accent panels and school name at the main entry area; installed numerous bollards, concrete curb, sidewalks and pads around the site; installed foundations for goal posts, placed curbs and drains at the athletic field; and with assistance from HS&G, moved the field trailers to south side of the site. Interior Alaska Roofing installed metal roofs on the free-standing canopies for fuel tanks and CTE shop entry; started reroofing the HS west canopy; and installed parapet caps for the MS roof.

Inside, Dawson continued installing wood doors and hardware, assembled and installed student lockers, and installed marker boards and white boards. Specialty workmen constructed the rock climbing wall and sealed concrete floors. B&R Installations assembled the Gym bleachers. All Wall continued installing acoustical ceiling tile and started the wood slat ceiling system. Alaska Glazing installed storefront doors, glass for doors and relites, and polycarbonate panels at the south canopy. Door Systems of Alaska installed roll-up doors and operable partitions. Pac West finished installing cabinets and display cases. Commercial Contractors installed vinyl, carpet and rubber base in most areas except the cafeteria and main commons.

Megawatt continued installing light fixtures and speakers; mounted security cameras; installed light poles, conduit and pulled wire for exterior lights; hooked up the emergency generator; energized permanent power and removed temporary power; and hung cameras and speakers. Subcontractors pulled cable to cameras; worked on server cabinets, terminations at outlets and devices; tested wireless access points; and programmed and tested sound systems.

Mantech worked on fixtures and trim; finished flushing water lines; installed sump and piping from the fuel storage tank to the day tank and tested the fuel supply system; installed new fuel lines to the HS and radiant tubing for the HS west walkway. Fired up the boilers with assistance from Meridian on controls; then flushed the heating system. Mantech also installed slot drain for north D-zone at the athletic field. H&H finished the intake louver and ducts in the fan room; and installed grills in ceiling grid. Chinook Fire Protection finished setting and trimming sprinkler heads and fire-caulked the mechanical rooms.

CVEA, CVTC and GCI finished installing permanent services for the MS and HS and removed temporary lines and poles. S&G Contracting started spreading topsoil and seeding.

Bettisworth North continued issuing RFPs for Owner requested changes; continued reviewing Contractor submittals and responding to requests for information; and made bi-weekly site inspections. ARCADIS continued assisting the Valdez City Schools (VCS) with furnishings and equipment, evaluating change order proposals, conducting project tours, facilitating the commissioning process; assisting the Owner with management of IT equipment/services and artist contracts; administered EMC’s performance of special inspection for the track, ball field and civil site work; and finished coordination for the transition to permanent utility services.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kent Crandall
Project Manager
(907) 244-3689
Scott Eastwood
Dawson Construction
(907) 831-1336