(June 26, 2020) Project Manager Bill Moschler of Oak Contracting gave a monthly progress report on the new Showell Elementary School construction during the Worcester County Board of Education meeting on June 16.

The deconstruction of the existing building began June 1 and the existing staff parking lot has been demolished.

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Project Manager Bill Moschler provided an update on the Showell replacement school construction during the Worcester County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 16, saying the over $31 million project should be complete for the first day of school on Sept. 8.

In addition, the concrete work for a new courtyard has been completed as well as asphalt paving for one playground.

By June 8, playground equipment for children ages 5 to 12 was installed. 

As the site plan demonstrates, new data cabling was installed, and existing utility services were terminated. 

Moschler said the floor plan is mainly complete. That includes delivery and assembly of new furniture and moving all staff materials into the new school. 

A new bus loop sidewalk is being built, according to pictures in Moschler’s presentation.

Within the next 30 days, the demolition of the existing slab and footings will take place. Also, another playground will be paved with asphalt for children ages 2 to 5. 

Payments up to June 16 totaled $31,367,884.22.

The remaining project balance is $7,841,218.18

Construction of the replacement school began in September 2018. 

“Next February is my 20th anniversary having the privilege of building schools for Worcester County students,” said Moschler. “I’ve never been more proud of a construction team associated with me than I am of the Showell team. We shut down on March 13. They never shut down. They never missed a day.” 

Moschler also commended the construction team for following social distancing guidelines.

The first day of school in the new building will be Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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