Construction moving forward at Soda Creek, Strawberry Park

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— The roar of heavy trucks and the pounding of hammers continued to resonate Thursday at the new Soda Creek Elementary School and the expanded Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Despite the mess, construction managers say everything is on track and will be finished on the original time schedule.

Soda Creek is nearly finished and will be ready for an early October move-in, said Todd Ficken, director of F&D International. Ficken is the program manager in charge of both sites.

"We're counting in weeks instead of months now," he said. "Pretty much all of the construction will be completed in a few weeks."

Soda Creek is expected to welcome its first class of students on or about Oct. 6. Between the completion of construction and the actual move-in, crews will have to install all of the school's furniture, technology equipment and finishing touches, Ficken said.

District Technology Director Tim Miles said he has the servers ready to install, and he will be ordering the rest of the technology to install in Soda Creek.

That will include assisted sound systems in the classrooms, large-screen televisions, telephones, an intercom system and, budget permitting, document cameras.

Even with that amount of equipment, Miles said, the technology upgrades will be ready in time for students to move in.

Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said the all-new furniture will be delivered Sept. 25, and everything remains on the original timeline.

"There have been no glitches, it's all on schedule," she said.

When asked what the public can expect to see in the upcoming weeks on the construction site, Ficken said, "A completed school."

"The project has been very normal. It's gone very well. It's on time," he said.

Construction projects on the Strawberry Park campus, which includes Steamboat Springs Middle School and Strawberry Park Elementary School, will be completed by the time school starts, Ficken said.

"All the heavy stuff will be gone," he said. Some work will be ongoing at the beginning of the year, especially outside the buildings, Ficken said, but that work will not interfere with the students.

- To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208

or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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