Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 7, 2013

Pine View construction ahead of schedule

By Heather Mullinix
Assistant editor

CROSSVILLE — Construction of an addition at Pine View Elementary School is proceeding ahead of schedule, with the new addition expected to be complete about two and a half months ahead of schedule.

Kim Chamberlin, with Upland Design Group, reported the structure's roof was complete.

"They're waiting on glass to be delivered and then they can button that up and start drying out the inside," Chamberlin said.

There is also some brick work to be completed on the back of the building, but contractors need about five days of good weather to finish that work, he said.

The addition adds 15,000 square feet to Pine View Elementary. The old gymnasium was demolished to make way for five new classrooms, with dedicated spaces for teen living and music classes, additional restrooms, staff workroom, guidance office, resource classroom and a multipurpose room.

The school had previously used the old gymnasium for classroom space, with dividers between each classroom area. The former art and music suite had been repurposed to house teen living and agriculture classes. When available, music and band would use the space so noise would be reduced and disruption of other classes was minimized.

The former computer lab was needed for a second grade classroom, and computers were moved to two old locker rooms, with only 16 students able to use the space at once.

The addition is expected to return dedicated space for special areas such as art and music and expand the school's capacity by 50 to 100 students.

Work began in July after the $1.3 million bid from J. Cumby Construction Inc. of Cookeville was approved.