FEMA building making progress

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Nathan Nichols, of New Covenant Painting in Rogers, Ark., paints part of the ceiling of the FEMA building at Cassville High School. According to Curtis Rice, project foreman, the building is on schedule to be completed in August. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The Cassville High School FEMA building is on track to be completed by the projected August date, and the school district recently received some good news about the project's total cost.

The FEMA building has seen about 50 percent of its budget spent, and the district was able to apply for additional costs to be covered, to the tune of $173,000

"They're not giving us money to expand," said Richard Asbill, superintendent of the Cassville R-4 School District. "It just means local money will not be spent for that part of it. We will be putting some bond dollars in it, and we're also matching FEMA from our capital fund."

Curtis Rice, foreman of the FEMA building project, said over Memorial Day weekend, crews were installing the storefront glass in the lobby, doing electrical wiring and painting parts of the building.

"The HVAC duct work is already done, and the rooftop is set," he said. "Right now, we're framing the mezzanine floor and painting has started."

Rice said the painting will take a while, and the next biggest change will be installing the FEMA doors and frames, as well as laying concrete.

Rice said the very last piece of the FEMA puzzle will come in August, when the maple floor will be installed, and will have to sit for at least 30 days to become settled in.

"The gym floor will have to acclimate to things like the humidity and temperature," he said. "Because it's wood, it moves a lot when it's first put down. And, if you don't do the floor exactly by the book and something goes wrong, that could lead to the warranty being voided."

Rice said all projects are on schedule, even with an eight-week delay in laying the pre-stress concrete.

"We were held up eight weeks because of the cold and some other factors and were behind," he said. "Other than that, we're completely on schedule, and we'd be even further ahead if we hadn't lost those eight weeks."

The FEMA building project at Cassville High School began last year, and the goal of the project is to provide a safe haven for students and the community in case of an emergency.

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