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Southington middle school renovation work on schedule

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SOUTHINGTON — The addition portion of the $89.7 million Kennedy and DePaolo middle school renovation project is on track for completion next month, according to project officials.

The south and west additions are on time and will be completed by April 14. Brand new science, math, social studies and other classrooms will make up the south addition while the west addition houses the new administration area, music rooms and the media center.

“They’ll be moving into those additions over the school break,” said Tom DiMauro, vice president of Newfield Construction, the project manager.

Edward Pocock Jr., chairman of the building committee, is looking forward to moving items into the office and classrooms and seeing the transformation of the buildings.

Even after overcoming some obstacles, such as determining technology used in the media centers and updating curriculum to make sure the right items will be in the building, Pocock said he’s been “happy” with Newfield’s work.

“Overall, Newfield is really stepping up to the plate and staying right to schedule,” Pocock said.

At last week’s Middle School Building Committee meeting, Newfield presented the phasing details again, DiMauro said, to explain to the committee that some areas can be worked on sooner.

“The purpose was to get permission to take those areas early and change those earlier,” DiMauro said.

While the south and west additions will be complete at both schools by April, DiMauro said other work differs at both schools.

Work will begin early in the auditorium at Kennedy for a head start, but DePaolo’s won’t begin until the end of the school year.

“By doing this earlier…we will have spaces returned to us at the beginning of the year,” said Chris Palmieri, committee vice chairman and DePaolo assistant principal.

“We greatly appreciate the flexibility and foresight to plan ahead with us.”

The new entrance will be worked on during the student’s April vacation. The kitchen areas project will start June 22 and finish on Sept. 22.

The technical education wing will be started on June 20 and be complete by Sept. 7 at Kennedy and will be complete Aug. 7 at DePaolo. By the start of the 2014-15 school year the elevator will be turned over to use.

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