Harrison construction continues

South Lane School District Maintenance and Facilities Manager Matt Allen told the school board Monday night that things at the new Harrison Elementary construction site were “really flying.”

The new school, funded by the lion’s share of a $35 million bond aimed at improving security and technology as well as adding infrastructure around the district, is expected to be completed by Fall 2018. It’s currently week behind schedule. 

“A week behind is a great place to be,” Allen said. 

The new school broke ground 10 months ago with an expected price tag of approximately $19 million but construction costs have been driven up by the numerous infrastructure projects around the state sending the price of the Harrison construction to around $23 million. 

On Monday, Allen detailed the progress crews have made, citing “cooperative weather.” Paving has taken place in the parking lot, classrooms on both the west and east end of the building have been fitted with cabinets and windows are in place in the reception area. He expects the building to have power by next week. 

Board member Taylor Wilhour, via iPad, asked if the early learning center would be completed in time for the start of next year. Bundled with the construction of the new elementary school, the early learning center was scheduled to cost just over $1 million but the price tag has since increased to $1.8 million. 

Allen batted down the rumor, informing the board that the early learning would be completed in time for the next school year. 

Current Harrison staff is scheduled to take a tour of the building on March 16. Allen has extended the opportunity to tour the new building to the general public. To schedule a tour, please contact the district office at (541) 942-3381. 

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