By John Anderson

On Thursday morning, two truckloads of Canadian structural steel arrived at the Auburn Middle School construction site. Then came the iron workers who will assemble the framework for the school. These “men of steel” work quickly and safely to set the steel in place. Like a giant erector set, each piece has a unique place in the grid, and about half was in place when the lunch whistle blew.

 

The machine is sitting in what will be the cafetorium in the new middle school. The locker rooms are to the right of the camera.

The machine is sitting in what will be the cafetorium in the new middle school. The locker rooms are to the right of the camera. (c) John Anderson

 

Today’s workers put the pieces where they belong and loosely bolt them together. Another crew will follow to make sure everything is level and plumb before securing each joint and welding on the metal decks that will support the poured concrete for the second floor and roof.

The south section of the academic wing was the starting point for the steel work. When this is roughed in, the north wing will be done, then the center section of the building, and finally the gymnasium and cafeteria end. The progressive sequence allows many different trades to work at the same time and helps keep the project on its tight schedule.

 

Plumbing and electrical pipes protrude from the future floor of the south academic wing, and the two story steel work is well under way. (c) John Anderson

Plumbing and electrical pipes protrude from the future floor of the south academic wing, and the two story steel work is well under way. (c) John Anderson

 

In total, about 48 truckloads of steel will be brought to the site. All steel work will be completed by the end of August. When all the steel is up, the size and detail of this magnificent structure will be obvious. Today is the end of the eleventh week of construction since they started moving dirt on March 14th.

There are only small portions of the site that lack activity. During yesterday’s visit, a portable rock crusher was making gravel that will be used in the parking lot construction; workers were preparing for the final concrete foundation pours; trucks were removing excess loam; drainage pipes were being laid; and, of course, the steel was being erected.

All in all, the project is on schedule and is starting to look a lot more like a building than a bunch of dirt and mud. We’ll be keeping our readers informed as work continues.

 

Ironworkers, returning from lunch, prepare for their next moves. (c) John Anderson

Ironworkers, returning from lunch, prepare for their next moves. (c) John Anderson