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Pettisville School Project Going Well




Over the last few weeks, the new Pettisville School building has been taking shape. In this photo, taken on Sept. 30, from the east looking west, the new building can be seen, along with the current school building. Much of the old school will be demolished before the project is complete. –photo by David     Pugh

Over the last few weeks, the new Pettisville School building has been taking shape. In this photo, taken on Sept. 30, from the east looking west, the new building can be seen, along with the current school building. Much of the old school will be demolished before the project is complete. –photo by David Pugh

Steve Switzer, superintendent of the Pettisville Local School District, said the new school construction project is going well, without major problems.

“We’re a bit behind schedule, and the contractors have addressed that, bringing more people on-site,” Switzer said.

More masons are on the job now. Soon, brick will be laid on some of the higher portions of the building.

Also, workers will begin building the single-story elementary school portion of the building using a relatively new technique known as ICF, or insulated concrete forms.

In the ICF system, two forms made of an insulating material are used to build a form, then concrete is poured between them. The system is simple, fast, and since the insulated forms remain in place when the job is done, very energy-efficient.

Concrete slabs for floors have been poured in the elementary school area on the west side of the project, and some floors have been poured on the eastern high school side of the new building.

Small problems have been encountered.

“Little things, here and there,” Switzer said.

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