Cinnaminson set to be ready for school

By Kelly Kultys, STAFF WAITER, Burlington County Times on July 22, 2016

CINNAMINSON -It may go down to the wire, but the improvements to Cinnaminson High School should be completed in time for the return of students in September.

While there is still work to be done, the renovations are on track to be finished by the start of school, Rob Notley of New Road Construction told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

There's a lot of work left in the kitchen, Notley said. "I'm expecting a photo finish on that one."

Cinnaminson Public Schools

The first day of classes is Sept. 7; teacher orientation is Sept. 6.

Notley said he's still targeting a finish date of Aug. 30 for all the projects. The board is scheduled to tour all four schools that day to make sure they are ready for students and staff. In October 2012, residents approved two of three ballot proposals that included primarily security improvements to the New Albany Elementary School, Eleanor Rush Intermediate School and Cinnaminson Middle School, and upgraded classrooms, security and a new gymnasium with locker rooms at the high school on Riverton Road.

The improvements, designed by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr, cost over $35 million, of which just under $12 million was covered by the state. The rest was paid by taxpayers.

Much of the work wrapped up in September 2015, with only the high school projects and the middle school fire alarm system remaining. Notley said the fire alarm system is on schedule and should be completed soon.

He said visitors now should be able to see how the high school will look with the new classrooms and gymnasium.

The gym is completed except for the concession area, Notley said. Crews are working on the plaza area in front of the gym, putting in sidewalks, curbs and parking spaces. Once they are done, he expects a temporary certificate of occupancy to be issued.

The brick veneer on the outside of the classroom additions, which connect two wings of the building, is also done, Notley said. The roofing between the wings is also complete. Windows are shipping at the end of July and will be installed shortly, and workers are now putting in an elevator.

Notley said many of the subcontractors have increased their manpower to help meet the deadline. "Humpty-Dumpty is now in the process of being put back together," he said.

Many board members expressed their appreciation for Notley's work and said they recently toured the building to see how the project was moving along. As we took the tour last week, I think we all had heart attacks," Dennis Hasisis said. "It seems like, 'How are we ever going to get this done?' But we have confidence in everybody.


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