A new three-story classroom wing was has been constructed on the north end of the Maloney High School site. The old section, in the background, will be demolished during the next section of the project. | Dave Zajac / Record-Journal
November 14, 2014 08:08PM
By Molly Callahan
MERIDEN — The new wing at Maloney High School is expected to be open by early next week, according to school officials.
Project manager Marcus Brennan, of the Glastonbury-based Gilbane Building Co., told members of the School Building Committee this week that the targeted move-in date for the three-story wing is Nov. 18.
Brennan cautioned the plan is contingent upon the wing passing numerous inspections and various systems being put on-line.
The crescent-shaped wing on the north side of the high school contains 93,000 square feet of classroom space. The wing is connected to the original school by temporary walkways which won’t be finalized until close to the end of the four-year project.
Brennan said some of the inspections had already taken place, including testing of the emergency lighting and fire alarms. Both went off “without any major issues,” he said.
The classrooms in the new wing are also largely complete, with only final waxing and cleaning to do before they’re move-in ready, Brennan said.
The major sticking point, however, is getting intercom, internet, and phone systems up and running throughout the building, said Glen Lamontagne, a consultant for the committee.
“Just like at Platt (High School), we’re going to push, and I think by the end of the month, it’s possible,” he said.
Work on the second phase of the $107.5 million renovation project at the high school is contingent upon students and faculty moving out of a portion of the existing building, and into the new wing.
The next phase of the project, set to start in December, will involve the renovation of another three-story section of the school. It includes demolishing existing science classrooms and the school’s courtyard to make room for a freshman academy and a renovated pool and locker area.
A two-story bridge will connect the freshman academy to the new wing of the school, and the rough entryways for that bridge can already be seen in the new building.
While the pool is under construction, both Maloney and Platt students will use the newly renovated pool at Platt.
Community swim hours, typically held at Maloney, will open in the near future at Platt.
Assistant Superintendent Michael S. Grove explained at Thursday’s meeting, “the city didn’t want to make up a schedule for open swim at a pool that was going to be closed pretty soon,” at Maloney.
With the opening of the pool at Platt expected just before Thanksgiving, those swim times will be added back in.