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GCSD K-8 Building
An impressive undertaking… on track for January occupancy
By Bob Robinson

It was a fascinating experience. Greenville Superintendent Doug Fries was kind enough to give me an hour of his time to tour the K-8 building construction on North Ohio. The purpose was to do a photo essay that could be shared with County News Online readers.

It was impressive. We started on the K-4 side to the north and worked our way over to the 5-8 side to the south. The general flow of work was the opposite… 5-8 is closer to completion. My tour guides were Fries, and construction supervisors Matt Niemeyer, Gilbane Building Company, and Dale Niemeyer (not related), Shook Construction.

The tour included classrooms, a “rubberized” playground area for the younger students, gymnasiums and locker rooms, kitchen and cafeteria (with four serving lines and a “Wave” ceiling), common area, outdoor dining area, art and science rooms, library and finally the administrative area where visitors will enter the building.

It was impressive and a little overwhelming the details that had to be worked out just on the part we could see. The parts we couldn’t see – framework and foundation – were completed as much as a year ago.

Will the building be done in time for occupation following Christmas break? On average 125 workers a day, plus 45-50 on Saturdays will see that it happens.

A complete photo set of the tour, which lasted a little over 45 minutes, can be seen at the CNO Community Events Photo Gallery.

Check out some of the photos at the Greenville City Schools website


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