City Approves Construction Permit for new High School

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USD 475 reports the City of Junction City has issued a construction permit for its new high school. This permit will allow for the start of concrete work and vertical construction scheduled to begin immediately. 

“Fire Chief Terry Johnson and his staff have poured themselves into the completion of construction plan reviews,” stated David Wild, USD 475 Chief Operations Officer.

The city staff has recorded well over 600 hours of review time as well as obtained expertise from Hutchinson and a consultant from the Kansas City area.

“Allen Dinkel and the Chief recognized the enormity of the review consisting of approximately 1,200 pages of plans and future inspection tasks. They then assembled a team of qualified personnel to perform the reviews,” Wild added.

Costs associated with reviews and inspections are offset by permit fees paid by the District.

The recent approval of construction costs for the building and athletic facilities by the board of education is allowing Hutton Construction to make final subcontract awards and prepare a construction timeline.

Wild states that the masonry contractor is currently working a crew of 70 personnel on its Andover project. The expectation is that this crew will begin shifting to the Junction City High School project sometime this fall. The same contractor has a 12 person crew currently working masonry at the Westwood Elementary gymnasium project which is scheduled for completion early calendar year 2020.

The high school project remains on schedule for completion in time for an opening of the new high school in August 2021.