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New school HQ construction on pace: board

By Gord Bowes, News staff

A harsh winter posed challenges, but the new Hamilton public school headquarters should be completed on time, says the project manager.
Staff will be able to start moving into their new office in mid-July and everyone should be in place by the end of August, said Melissa Cohen-White.
The board office should be fully operational the day after Labour Day.
Employees currently working in leased space downtown will move first, she said.
“Our main goal is (to vacate) Standard Life and Stelco tower,” said Cohen-White.
Extended cold periods and more than usual amounts of snow posed challenges over the winter, she said, but work was able to continue for the most part.
For example, aluminum cladding won’t begin until later this month, but will still be completed on time, she said. While some window glass may not have been installed, plastic could be put in place temporarily to allowed work inside.
“The biggest thing was to get closed in so we could continue (working) in the winter,” said Cohen-White.
Preparations are underway for moving the board’s historical Mohawk Trail School to the site, west of Upper Wentworth on the former Crestwood school property. A foundation should be poured later this month and the move is likely to take place in May.
The one-room schoolhouse will be located on the west side of the building near a pathway from Bobolink to Millwood.
Because of the extra traffic coming off Upper Wentworth, the city has required the board to make improvements to the Education Way (formerly Fieldway) intersection. The median will be removed and traffic lights will be installed, likely in June.
The cost is still being negotiated, said Cohen-White.

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