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• The Neenan Company began demolition on the two-story portion of the existing Craig Middle School building Tuesday.
• The project is on schedule, project superintendent Doug Young said.
• Demolition of the administration offices and cafeteria are slated to start next week.
• Neenan crews also are scheduled to begin drilling screws in the ground that will the building's new foundation next week.
• Demolition is scheduled to continue through July 4.
On Wednesday, the second day of demolition, The Neenan Company crews already had taken a noticeable chunk out of the south wing of the Craig Middle School building.
Heavy equipment clawed through wood and brick, creating growing piles of debris and exposing the interior of the 60-year-old facility. An empty green chalkboard from what was once a second-story classroom could be seen suspended on the wall above the busily moving machines.
Demolition on the building's two-story portion began Tuesday, marking the next phase in a project funded by a $29.5 million bond issue voters approved in November 2007.
Next week, Neenan crews will begin tearing down the single-story section of the south wing, which includes the school's administration offices and cafeteria.
"Everything's going pretty well," project superintendent Doug Young said. Asbestos removal before demolition "went really well."
State officials had to verify that asbestos was removed from the building before crews could begin demolition.
"We had the state come out and they did their clearances," Young said, "and everything was signed off" last week.
Demolition is scheduled to continue through July 4, he said, and will remove most of the building but will spare the existing auditorium, gym and industrial arts facilities. These rooms will be integrated into the new middle school.
After the site is cleared of debris, crews will begin restabilizing the ground at the building's location, or "footprint," Young said.
The Neenan Company will begin preparing for the new building while demolishing the old one. Next week, crews are scheduled to begin placing steel reinforcements in the ground that will support the new building's foundation.
Each reinforcement is "like a big screw," Young said. The screws are either 3 or 5 inches in diameter and measure 35 feet in length.
Ultimately, Neenan employees will place about 500 reinforcements throughout the new building's footprint.
Unforeseen circumstances could arise to set the project off schedule.
"That's always the case," Young said. "If something doesn't show up, it could make a big difference."
However, as it stands now, building timelines have gone according to plan.
"We're on schedule," Young said.
Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or email@example.com.