Upland Design Group architect Brian Templeton presented an update on the Raider Dome deconstruction at Monday night’s Cleveland City Schools Board of Education meeting.
Chattanooga-based J&J Contractors is reportedly a week behind schedule.
Templeton said the representatives of the contractor are confident progress will once again reflect the timeline within the next several weeks. He assured the school board a significant portion of the work has taken place in the bowels of the school.
Board member Steve Morgan asked whether the holdup was due to weather or the nature of a demolition project.
“Yeah, that whole process is taking a little longer than they initially expected,” Templeton said. “I know the existing sanitary sewer pipes are all cast iron and they’ve had a little bit of a delay on some of those fittings. They are not used as much as pvc [piping].”
Board members requested the expected date for the removal of the roof on the Raider Dome. Templeton explained the date is not being disclosed due to safety concerns. He suggested the roof might come down in the next three weeks.
Gymnasium project manager Hal Taylor explained there are serious liability issues about observers attending the demolition.
“The contractor is very reserved about sharing that information,” he said. “When you start tearing things apart, you don’t always know what is going to happen. You can’t control every aspect of it.”
Board member Dawn Robinson reminded the public and her fellow board members the process can be watched online through a live video feed set up by the high school. The webcam feed can be found at clevelandschools.org under the ‘Quick Links’ section halfway down the home page.
Templeton said the roof-removal process was originally going to be completed in sections. The contractor has since decided the domed ceiling will have to come down at the same time.
A CHS gymnasium progress report provided a number of updates.
- The dome area and future construction area have been secured, asbestos and lead abatement performed and the bleachers, furniture, equipment and sound system removed.
- Most of the power has been removed from the dome, energy-efficient light fixtures were removed and stored for reuse in the new facility and two older boiler and storage tanks have been removed. These will be installed at Yates Primary this week. A new boiler system is ready to be installed at Cleveland High.
- Water lines and gas lines have been rerouted into CHS, the sprinkler system and fire alarm system were disconnected from the rest of the building and demolition was successful on many walls.
- A specialty company from Nashville will freeze the 10-inch HVAC system water lines. The lines will be capped and a bypass installed.
Taylor reported Cleveland Utilities discovered a buried sewer line and manhole covered by 10 feet of soil. The utilities company will handle the situation.
The board made a motion to approve a Request for Qualifications board comprised of Director of City Schools Martin Ringstaff, Taylor, Melinda Carroll, board member Peggy Pesterfield and Robinson. Board members also approved a move by Templeton to the construction document phase of the gymnasium project.