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.