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Crews ready to break ground for Asheville school

With the winter completely over and the warm weather here to stay for a while now, we are well into construction season. Whether it is road construction, home additions or entirely new buildings, there are going to be a lot of new worksites across North Carolina. A big one is just developing in Asheville as crews get ready to break ground for a new middle school.

This new middle school is going to be able to boast a massive 177,000 square feet, a total of 32,000 more square feet than the old school. This new building will include 67 classrooms with the capacity for 900 students to attend. A portion of these classrooms will be located in a wing two stories high, one for each grade level, while the others will be in a wing three stories high. The entire project adds up to about $41 million.

Teachers and students alike are ready for a new building to replace the one that has stood for 50 years. The age of the building is evident, from the malfunctioning heating and cooling systems to the outdated science labs. Teachers are excited that they have even been consulted for their input on features in the new school that would help them do their jobs better.

There is no doubt that projects like this will provide great benefit to those that use the facilities when they eventually open their doors. Of course, there are a few concerns at this point. Parents are worried that the two years worth of construction might aggravate asthma, cause some parking congestion and even disrupt the baseball team.

Worker safety should be another concern. During these two years, there will be construction crews on site, raising heavy beams that will support those three floors, using powerful saws and walking through areas bustling with other workers.

The hope is that no accidents will occur at any worksite in the state, but if an individual should suffer construction injuries, he or she may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help during recovery.

Source: Citizen-Times, “Work begins on new $41 million Asheville Middle School,” Julie Ball, May 31, 2014

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