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New Gilson Middle School Construction Project
 Gilson Middle School Concept Drawing Aerial View
Project Description

This $30M new Middle School project is a replacement of the 45-year old Gilson
Junior High School. The new 56,125 SF school will include classrooms, career
tech education, a new gym, wrestling room, wood shop, track & field, and
reconfigured traffic flows and parking. Construction will began early June 2013 and
is scheduled to be complete December 2014.

Project Update
March 2014
Dawson finished installing most of the hat channel and continued installing exterior siding and flashing, primarily on the building’s north and east sides. Inside, Dawson finished prep for walk-in refrigerator/freezer units, installed plywood on walls for Gym storage and Shipping/Receiving, installed volleyball and badminton post sleeves in the Gym floor, leveled concrete floors for tile work, unloaded and staged casework in classrooms and athletic equipment in the Gym, provided layout for casework, cleaned up work areas and performed assorted rough carpentry.

Megawatt finished most of the electrical rough in; worked on main panels in Electrical room; pulled control wire for VAVs, controls, intercom, and security; terminated several panel boards; started installing lighting controls and suspended fixtures and in the Gym and CTE; and began trim work at Admin area, CTE and classrooms.
The data subcontractor (Integrity) installed cable tray and J-hooks and pulled data cable for most of the classrooms and Library. Mantech set boilers and hot water generators, continued work on heating mains and the snow melt system in Boiler room. They installed zone valves and tested piping to VAVs and radiant heat units, installed seismic restraints, and prepared for installing cabinet unit heaters in vestibules.

H&H Sheetmetal installed Kitchen exhaust duct, exterior exhaust hoods, duct for air handling units in the fan room; installed dust collector ducts in CTE, and connected exhaust stacks to boilers. Subcontractor AIIF insulated ducts and piping throughout the building. All Wall finished installing sheet rock in all areas except the stairwell, continued taping and sanding; completed sound insulation and continued sound caulking; completed painting in the Admin area, Gym, CTE shop, and most of the classrooms, and started installing grid for acoustical ceilings. Chinook installed sprinkler heads in GWB ceilings, provided drains for piping, performed air and water tests, adjusted lines and fixed leaks, and installed the fire department connection.

Door Systems of Alaska installed top tracks and motors for the three operable partitions in 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms. Alaska Glazing installed some missing and special windows, including the Library and the curtain wall frame and most of the glazing near the main entry. Commercial Contractors prepared floors and started installing and grouting ceramic tile in toilet and locker rooms at Admin and Gym areas. Harris mobilized and began removing snow and ice to help thaw the ground for excavation to install the water line.

Bettisworth North (BNAP) continued supporting the Arts and Interiors Committee on furniture finishes and colors; continued issuing RFPs to Dawson for pricing Owner requested or necessary design-related changes and continued reviewing Contractor submittal documents, and makes periodic site inspections.

ARCADIS continued assisting the Valdez City School (VCS) with furnishings and equipment, facilitated the art selection and artist contracting, evaluated change order proposals for design revisions and Owner requested changes including improvement to the High School west canopy, conducted numerous project tours including HS shop students, assisted the Owner with RFP and evaluation of IT consultant proposals, kicked off the commissioning process, and continued to coordinate the transition to permanent utility services.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kent Crandall
Project Manager
(907) 244-3689
Scott Eastwood
Dawson Construction
(907) 831-1336

March 2014 Progress Report
Please find the March 2014 progress report on the City of Valdez Website for the New Gilson Middle School. Additional Info...
Construction Photo Report April 7-13, 2014
The Construction Photo Report for April 7-13, 2014 has been uploaded to the City of Valdez website. Please follow the link to view. Additional Info...
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