Mike Tuttle, Ridge Erection general foreman, installs bracings Monday morning for long-spanned bar joists at the Craig Middle School site. The bracings are designed to increase the roof's structural integrity. Construction of the new middle school's one-story sixth-grade wing began Sept. 2.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Mike Tuttle, Ridge Erection general foreman, installs bracings Monday morning for long-spanned bar joists at the Craig Middle School site. The bracings are designed to increase the roof's structural integrity. Construction of the new middle school's one-story sixth-grade wing began Sept. 2.

Middle school wing takes shape

Sixth-grade wing, administrative offices under construction

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At a glance

• Structural steel going up for sixth-grade wing, administrative offices at new middle school site.

• Work began as scheduled Sept. 2.

• Project is on budget.

• Structural steel installation scheduled to continue until mid-October.

• Metal stud framing anticipated to begin at week's end.

Crews are setting the stage for the new south wing at Craig Middle School.

Ridge Erection, an Arvada-based firm, is working under The Neenan Co., the Moffat County School District's general contractor, to set up structural steel for the new building's sixth-grade wing and administrative offices.

The steel framework acts as "the bones of the building," said Doug Young, The Neenan Co. superintendent.

The project began as scheduled Sept. 2, and is on budget, said Joel Sheridan, district construction liaison.

"You can see the work that's going on" at the site, he said. "We're just pleased that : the budget's as predicted and the time schedule is on target,"

Workers with Ridge Erection also are putting up the lower roof for the one-story sixth-grade wing. Once the company has finished its work on the wing, other crews eventually will follow to install heating and ventilation systems, roof membranes and other building features.

Structural steel work is scheduled to continue until mid-October.

The next stage of construction, metal stud framing, is scheduled to begin at the end of the week, Young said.

Building a new middle school facility is part of a $29.5 million bond issue voters passed in November 2007.

Craig Middle School students, faculty and staff will use the building's remaining north wing and four temporary buildings during the 2008-09 school year.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com.

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