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School construction continues at HOTL

John Haverland, Hammer’s Construction Safety Director, oversees the placement of steel and bar joists at the Heart of the lakes Elementary School earlier this week. To date, the floor slap and all underground plumbing is complete on the east side of the building where the preschool will be located. On the west end, exterior masonary is nearing completion and underground plumbing will begin next week.1 / 2
The matching roofline of the addition is apparent after rafters were placed on the preschool addition at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School last week.2 / 2

Progress continues toward completion of the addition at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham, with a number of interior projects now finished, according to Perham-Dent School District Superintendent Mitch Anderson.

Among the work completed is remodeling within the existing building, including interior painting. New cabinetry in the special education rooms was installed, several loads of structural steel was delivered last week and an exterior window in an existing classroom was relocated.

Ongoing projects this week include work on the block walls for the gymnasium, shingling of the existing building, a new gabled entrance at door number 1, installation of new suspended grid ceilings in existing hallways and wall tile installation in the special education restrooms.

The work at the elementary school, as well as work planned to begin soon on a new high school, was approved by voters in a referendum conducted in November. The HOTL additions are scheduled for completion in February.

Quick facts

-To date, 2,000 tons of concrete have been used

-The main structural bar joist in the gym holds a curtain weight of 14,400 pounds

-A total of 98 tons of structural steel and bar joists have been used on the project