Trash, debris removed from American Uniform building

First milestone in creating PIE Center completed

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 8/19/17

The first big step toward turning Cleveland’s old American Uniform manufacturing facility into a space for students was completed this weekend.

Local companies Santek Waste Services and …

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Trash, debris removed from American Uniform building

First milestone in creating PIE Center completed

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The first big step toward turning Cleveland’s old American Uniform manufacturing facility into a space for students was completed this weekend.

Local companies Santek Waste Services and Wright Brothers Construction donated their services Friday and Saturday to clean out the building, which was recently purchased by Bradley County Schools.

The school system is turning the building, located off Parker Street near Ocoee Middle School, into the Partnerships in Industry and Education Innovation Center, or PIE Center. Once completed, this space will offer a variety of unique career and technical education opportunities for students.

“This is the first big milestone in starting the plans for the PIE Center,” said Brittany Cannon, work-based learning coordinator for Bradley County Schools. “This really is great to see.” 

When the school system closed on the nearly 280,000-square-foot facility July 27, it still contained many remnants of American Uniform’s operations. These included everything from old office furniture to old flooring which needed to be removed.

Preliminary plans are starting to take shape for the building. Among them are plans to create spaces for career and technical education classrooms, a space which will house alternative school GOAL Academy and spaces which will be leased to companies and organizations which will work with students. However, emptying the building was the first step toward having detailed architectural plans made.

“There was so much stuff left over inside the building,” said Kyle Page, project manager for the PIE Center and principal of GOAL Academy. “We can’t begin to thank Santek and Wright Brothers enough for what they have done for us. Both are heavily involved with our school system and care about our kids.” 

The companies sent several workers and pieces of heavy equipment to the Parker Street facility Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Workers spent hours each day dismantling and moving items like old wooden work benches and trash to the building’s loading docks. From there, workers using heavy construction equipment loaded debris into dump trucks and dumpsters.

This debris was destined for the Bradley County Landfill, which is overseen by Santek. Page said the company has donated space in the landfill as well, promising to take up to 200 tons of debris for free.

Crews from Santek and Wright Brothers, along with members of Bradley County School’s maintenance staff, cleared out the bulk of the building in under two days.

Page said the two “extremely gracious” companies helped do in two days what might have taken weeks for the school system’s staff to do on their own. This saved both money and time.

“I appreciate this partnership and the willingness of these companies to help create this space for the students of Bradley County,” said Dr. Linda Cash, director of Bradley County Schools.

The next big step for the facility will be a site survey, which will be conducted within the next month. After that, the project’s architect, David Hudson of Chattanooga firm Artech Design Group, will be able to work on detailed designs for the building.

Cannon said the hope is to have a final design and an estimated budget ready to go before the end of this school semester.

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christy.armstrong@ clevelandbanner.com

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