Kingswood renovation making steady progress



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THE NEW ENTRANCE to Kingswood Regional High School is taking shape as the steel framing for the clock tower facing Main Street is completed. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
April 21, 2011
WOLFEBORO — It's hard not to notice the speedy progress of North Branch Construction and all the subcontractors involved with the Kingswood Complex renovation and expansion project now that the steel work is going up in front of the high school.

The sizable frame of what will soon be the main entrance to the school – clock tower and all – is encroaching onto what used to be the crescent-shaped visitor parking lot, demanding the attention of those who pass by on South Main Street.

In anticipation of a very productive summer, Ernie Brown, chair of the Building And Maintenance Committee, reported at the April 4 Governor Wentworth Regional School Board meeting that by June 6, just four days after school is out for the year, the high school, middle school and vocational center would be closed for the summer. While renovations take place, the teachers and administration working through the summer will be temporarily moved to the Kingswood Arts Center, with the exception of WCTV, which will still operate from its current location in the Vocation Center.

"It's a very exciting time," said Brown of the disappearing snow and emerging turf and ball fields as the ground begins to dry and the students are able to make use of the space.

Walking through the various buildings, there's evidence of the construction process coming to fruition as paint, fixtures and brick continue to go up.

Come May the first completed part of the new construction – Building J on the backside of the school, part of the vocational program – will be turned over to the school.

While there have been plenty of challenges along the way, most aspects of the project are on or ahead of schedule, said Brown. However, that doesn't mean that the construction team isn't constantly reworking the schedule as progress is made in some areas and delayed in others.

"North Branch Construction continues to be deeply involved in everything going on," he said.

In a later e-mail, Superintendent Jack Robertson agreed that in regard to the progress, "North Branch Construction is doing a great job and things are going as well as one could expect in a very complicated project."

He said that because the Kingswood Arts Center came out so beautifully, he thought at first that the addition/renovation part of the project would be a bit of a letdown. Robertson now feels that is not going to be the case. "It is going to be spectacular as well," he said, smiling.

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