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PES project on schedule

By Staff, 06/18/21 2:57 PM

PRESCOTT – In spite of the recent heavy rains, the Prescott Elementary School project is on schedule.

The school will cost $9,479,256, not including the parking lot or demolition of the existing PES building. Construction Manager Justin Reeves said more progress could have been made on the project, but, it, too, was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. At times, he said, it was difficult to keep employees because of the virus, but the real headache was being able to get the steel in on time.

With the remaining steel on hand, there’s not much more that can be done on the building, other than putting up walls on the interior. This was being done Friday morning as crews worked in the shade provided by part of the ceiling to lay block.

Reeves said if the materials arrive on time there will be no problem in getting the new facility ready to open by the start of school in Aug. 2022, but much also depends on the weather as well. He talked about the difficulty in getting the Prescott Junior High School built because the year it was built saw an historic amount of rain, as there was inclement weather from early February that year until the first part of July. The PJHS building was under construction at the same time as the new Nevada County Jail, and there were times when both projects had trouble getting the crews they needed.