Chicod renovations ahead of schedule
By Brian Wudkwych
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
When students at Chicod School start their second semester in late January, they might not recognize a part of their building.
Phase II of Chicod’s renovations are well ahead of schedule, according to Pitt County Schools officials, meaning that when students return to start their final semester, they could be welcomed by a new office, media center, gym and 12 classrooms in a newly-built wing.
Matt Johnson, auxiliary services director for PCS, said that the updates to the school were a long time coming.
“Essentially they’re going from a building that was built in 1929,” Johnson said. “That section of the building is essentially being replaced. You’re going from a construction that was built before anybody even thought about a computer to today’s technology.”
When plans for the 61,000-square-foot project were updated in June, officials said that they expected Phase II to be completed in fall 2018.
Johnson said that a smooth process has resulted in an accelerated finish date and the building is nearing its finishing touches.
“They’re down to finishing floor tiles, staining the floor in the gym, installing the bleachers,” Johnson said. “From there it’s final inspections and tying up loose ends. Once that’s all completed we’ll actually put the furniture in the building.”
Students and faculty likely will welcome the project’s completion. Construction equipment has stalked the campus since the renovations began in August 2016.
“They’re extremely excited,” Johnson said of Chicod’s students and faculty.
Phase I of the three-phase project at Chicod was completed in 2011. Officials previously said that Phase III likely will be underway by or before 2021.
Phase III plans include a new wing, cafeteria renovations and an updated security system and will add an additional 20,000 square feet of space.
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