Here’s what’s happening with the new turf field at North Salem Middle School / High School
The wheels of progress are in motion on the site of the new turf field for North Salem Middle School / High School. The $6.9 million project is slated to be completed by late fall, if all continues to go according to schedule, facilities director Dr. Joannes Sieverding told the North Salem Post in an interview Wednesday.
“I have to tell you that this project has progressed really smoothly,” Sieverding said. “Since we started the project our construction manager, Harris, has been really on top of supply chain management and all of the contractors have been diligent in making sure all materials required to do this have been delivered or are set to be delivered in time.”
Here’s what’s happened so far:
- Tree removal - This work was completed last winter/spring and the uprooted trees were upcycled for other use
- Drainage - crews installed a large retention pond to collect water drained from the turf field
- Lights - light poles that will illuminate the fields were delivered to the work site today. The lights are designed to cast a light only on the field itself, so as not to disturb neighboring areas
- Gender neutral bathrooms - cement, underground plumbing and wiring have been installed and framing is up on this addition that will connect the MSHS building to the turf field via a walkway. “You won’t have to have porta potties out there,” Sieverding said.
Sieverding said that he has been meeting every two weeks with construction managers and contractors involved in the project. “It’s a really coordinated effort by a lot of people,” he said. “A lot of different trades are involved.”
Project managers had refrained from much of the heavy duty work, such as rock blasting, while school was still in season. Once the school year ended in late June, construction efforts immediately ramped up. Students and staff will be back in the building in just four weeks, which means the project will need to enter another new phase. “By the time the kids and staff come back, the work that’s going to be going on will not be disruptive at all,” Sieverding said.
For a project that’s been several years in the making, the end is starting to feel within sight. “It’s a huge undertaking and now we’re beginning to see some of the things that we envisioned for when the whole project is done late fall,” Sieverding said.