Site work nearly complete for new Page school

by Kim Robins - Posted on Jul 24, 2013 - 02:18 PM

Photo: Standing atop stockpiled topsoil, Gloucester Public Schools construction manager Scott Shorland observed site preparation work for the new Page Middle School last Thursday. The light area in the center of the photo is the compacted building pad and the dark area to the right is a lay-down area for contractor materials. In the background above the tree line is the water tower at the former Page school site on Route 17. Photo by Kim Robins

Standing atop stockpiled topsoil, Gloucester Public Schools construction manager Scott Shorland observed site preparation work for the new Page Middle School last Thursday. The light area in the center of the photo is the compacted building pad and the dark area to the right is a lay-down area for contractor materials. In the background above the tree line is the water tower at the former Page school site on Route 17. Photo by Kim Robins

The pre-construction site work is almost complete at the location off T.C. Walker Road where a new county middle school is planned. The new Page Middle School will replace the former Page school on Route 17 that was heavily damaged by a tornado in 2011 and was subsequently demolished.

Since early spring, employees of Henderson Inc. of Williamsburg have been working to clear and grade approximately 53 acres where the school will be built. The work was scheduled to be completed by today but about 25 days have been lost to wet weather since the project began, according to Scott Shorland, construction manager for Gloucester Public Schools.

Despite the days lost, Shorland said the Henderson employees have worked long days and weekends in an effort to keep their work on schedule, and the site preparation should be completed by the end of this month.

The site work has included construction of a wet pond for stormwater management. The pond allows particles to settle and will contain water throughout the year. The work has also created a compacted building pad and a stockpile of topsoil to be utilized as the project progresses.

The advertisement for construction bids for the new 117,000-square-foot, two-story school was published July 14 and a pre-bid conference with interested contractors was scheduled for yesterday. Bids from the contractors are due by 2 p.m. Aug. 14 and school officials expect to award a contract for the estimated $26 million project near the end of August.