Construction progresses on new Doe Run Elementary

By on September 14, 2016

Construction is ongoing at Manheim Central’s new Doe Run Elementary School, 281 Doe Run Road, Manheim.

Groundbreaking for the 148,000-square-foot school was held May 23. It’s being built on the site of the former Doe Run Elementary, which was evacuated in October 2014 due to structural concerns. The 25-year-old building was razed late last year to make way for a new facility. Doe Run’s students have been attending classes at the former middle school on Gramby Street, which is being called Doe Run on Gramby.

The new Doe Run School under construction is a two-story facility that will house up to 1,000 students. District business manager Bryan Howett had previously indicated that cost is $27.043 million.

Facilities director Galeon Brown said that the building is laid out in four separate areas. The main entry area, which houses administrative offices on the first floor and the media center on the second floor, is designated as B section. To its left (as one is facing the building) is A section, a classroom area that contains 12 full-size classrooms and four half class-rooms for support classes on each floor. To the rear of the administrative area, or B section, is C section, which contains the gym and cafeteria. To the right of that is D section, a classroom area that’s the mirror image of the other classroom section.

“This new building is designed so that the gym can be utilized by the public when school is not in session,” Brown explained. “ People entering the main entrance can go back to the gym, and the classroom areas can be closed off.”

 



The block wall is a firestop between classroom wing A and the main entrance/administration area. The concrete pad is the base for the main entrance/administrative area and its second-floor media center. The concrete has also been poured for the gym/cafeteria wing. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)

The block wall is a firestop between classroom wing A and the main entrance/administration area. The concrete pad is the base for the main entrance/administrative area and its second-floor media center. The concrete has also been poured for the gym/cafeteria wing. (Photo by Rochelle Shenk)




Additionally there’s a stage positioned between the gym and the cafeteria, and seating can be placed in either area.

“It’s more multi-purpose,” he said. “If there’s an assembly immediately after lunch and the cafeteria isn’t available to use for seating, chairs can be set up in the gym.”

The media center will look out onto a green roof. Brown said that the roof is part of the stormwater management system for the building.

As to the construction progress, here’s what’s happening. Brown said that three-fourths of the footers for the entire building are poured. The concrete for the entrance/administration area, area B, and the gym and cafeteria, area C, has been poured. The most progress can be seen in area A; structural steel is up, as are the exterior walls of the first floor. Contractors are working on the second floor.

Brown said that work is on schedule to meet the Aug. 18, 2017 completion date.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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