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Winter arrives but work continues on Oak Hill

CCA construction manager gives an update on progress

TIFFIN– Even with the onset of winter, work continues on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Oak Hill Elementary in Tiffin. The school, scheduled to open in August 2019, will house fourth- and fifth-grade students from Tiffin Elementary and North Bend Elementary in North Liberty. Amana Elementary and Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford will continue to house their own fourth- and fifth-graders.
District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby provided an update on the progress to the CCA school board Monday, Nov. 19, at its regular monthly meeting at CCE. The southern section of Oak Hill, has been temporarily closed-in, Willoughby said, with plumbing and ductwork inside nearing completion. Drywall was going in, and he estimated it at around 40 percent complete at that time.
Weather slowed ongoing block work on the exterior, but crews are probably in the neighborhood of 95-96 percent done, he said. Brickwork, installed over the blocks, started on the media center and cafeteria, and all roof trusses were lifted into place with roof decking and ductwork being installed over the northern and center sections.
“Everything’s getting closed-in as we go now,” Willoughby said.
Travelers on Interstate 380 will see windows being installed, most likely in early December, he noted.
“It’s coming. It’s taking some time,” he said.
Portzen Construction, Inc., of Dubuque, is the general contractor for the $18,750,875 project approved by voters in September 2017 as part of a $36 million bond issue. In addition to Oak Hill Elementary, a second classroom addition will be built at the high school, in Tiffin, and the aging and obsolete gymnasium at CCE will be demolished and replaced. Security and other upgrades, such as HVAC work, will also be performed across the district.
Willoughby also reported on the district’s new transportation center which is being built adjacent to Oak Hill. The board awarded a $2,386,000 bid to Conlon Construction, of Dubuque, for the facility. Currently the district leases a two-bay facility for routine maintenance and light repair work. The lease is set to expire in July 2019. The project is being paid for out of the district’s Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) sales tax revenue and was not part of the 2017 bond referendum.
Willoughby reported grading on the site was nearly complete with construction work to begin immediately after. The facility, with four maintenance bays, is to be completed on or before Aug. 1, 2019.