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January 23, 2019 Page 7A LRL: r Monroe County Hospital will hold a public ground- breaking ceremony on Monday to mark the start of its hospital renovation. The event will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 on the front lawn of the hospital. The groundbreaking comes just under two months after the Hospi- tal Authority of Monroe County selected on Dec. 4 a building contractor, Perry-based Parrish Con- struction Group, for the project, which will include major upgrades to the hospital's dated emergency room area. The total cost of the proj- ect, which includes three alternate additions in the total amount of $463,931, contingency costs of $300,000 and architectural costs of $217,000, amounts to $3,630,931. Mike Parker and Charles Smith of Macon-based SP Design Group are the project's architects. II I I COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL . FULLY INSURED Continued from Front project. "We want it safe for ani- mals and students," said Onstott. "You're moving into two hour blocks [for classes]. We want it to withstand storms, and we had to have restrooms" Onstott said the 12- acre site is perfect for the Agriculture Science building. The building site is level but then drops off so that it has a natural buffer around it. It has the MCMS Banks Stephens campus to one side, Mary Persons campus five min- utes to the other side and T.G. Scott Elementary behind it. "They're excited about for the first time hav- ing a place to work with animals" said Onstott. "Mr. Waldrep [Mary Per- sons agriculture science teacher and FAA advisor] does a tremendous job" The number of stu- dents enrolling in agri- culture science classes has increased so there is sometimes a waiting list. Monroe County Schools added an agriculture sci- ence teacher, Ryan White, at the middle school. The added classes respond to the growth of careers in agriculture. The new building will not be a classroom; it will only have bench seating. It will be more of a giant agriculture lab, but it will be more structurally sound than one usually thinks of a pole barn. Plans are to fence about two acres eventually. The construction required a detention pond on the property. Onstott said he expects the Agriculture Science building to be ready for animals by spring. In addition to the cattle and hog barns, there will be a pavilion. At their Dec. 11 meet- ing, school board mem- ber Eva Bilderback asked if there would be a smell from the animals. Onstott said animals will not be housed at the building regularly, only when they are going to an FFA or 4-H show or are going to be used in a class. They will not be packed closely together, and they will be on concrete pads that can be washed down; so he doesn't anticipate any problem from odor. Some of the renova- tions at Central Office are at the visitors' entrance. Inside the front door will now be a glass window so that receptionist Diane Czarnowsky can see who enters. There will be an airlock to keep cold or hot air from flowing into the building whenever the door opens. For safety, the interior door will only open from the inside. There is new flooring in the board room; Onstott said it is made from local heart pine and blends well. There was a lot of termite damage in the board room, but the sub- flooring was sound. The flooring in the halls will While rains have slowed progress, the school on Thornton Road. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) also be redone. Doing the trim work on the many windows in the building has taken a lot of work and time, but Onstott said it is best to do it right. The new LED lighting in the Central Office should reduce maintenance to nothing. The bulbs should last 10 years. By retrofitting the fixtures, costs were reduced to about $50 per light fixture whereas new fixtures would have cost about $800. The building will go from yellow light to LED light. Workers tried to repair sections of the ceiling in the old auditorium, but then feared that other sections would pull away. It was decided to do away with the "popcorn" ceil- ing. Light fixtures in the auditorium were changed, and the colors in the auditorium have been lightened so that it can be used as a place for meet- ings; it will have 364 seats. The green curtains at the windows will be replaced with white shutters. Ceremonies like Teacher of the Year and student/ staff recognitions will be held in the auditorium. The space will fill a need in the community for smaller events than those held in the Fine Arts Center. The auditorium will be much lighter and brighter, giving it a cleaner look. There will be downlighting for spot- lights. system's new ag science center is under way Schools have shown the day school gets out the need for additional for the summer. Weather classrooms at the middle is a determining factor school and can now move in work on the track. The forward, schools have decided that The new greenhouse at the track is needed for the middle school was track and cross country placed so that it won't be team practice, for P.E. affected by the addition of classes, for the communi- the wings, ty and for events even if a Onstott said he hopes to track that can be used for get started with work on competition may eventu- the Mary Persons track ally be built elsewhere. The steps leading to the auditorium entrance were re-poured Dec. 11 be- cause they were not done correctly the first time. There is a new handi- cap ramp, and the side entrance has been dressed up. The handicap ramp is aesthetically appealing and blends in with the exterior of the building. The entire outside of the building has been pres- sure washed, and work is being done to vent the cu- pola. Onstott said the new gutters blend in so well they look like molding. Water tapered into the basement from the exterior door to the basement. To correct the problem, the basement entrance was brought up one-and-a-half feet and the watershed was curved away from the building. Water had stood in the basement for a long time; now the space will be us- able again. "It was a big fix for us;' said Onstott. "It was not inexpensive, but it was done right" He said the goal is to complete work on the Central Office building by February, but moving all staff back into the build- ing will take more time. There is a lot of furniture and a lot of files that have to be returned to the right offices. When work began on the cupola atop the Cen- tral Office, it was found not to be one piece and not to be merely decora- tive. The cupola was built into the building and was the vent for the structure. However, over time water was collecting in the cu- pola. Workers capped the vent, and ridge vents in the building are now al- lowing air to flow. The cu- pola is made from wood clad with a tin exterior. Onstott said surveys of the Monroe County Middle School Banks Stephens campus, which now houses grades 6-8, and of the high school track have been done and plans are moving forward. At the Middle School, eventually three wing extensions of four class- rooms each will be added. The schools will ask the state for financial assistance this year, with approval expected in 2020 and reimbursement in 2021. Monroe County It's a NEW YEAR! Give Your Property a Fresh, Clean Look! Call Us Today! House Washing (Soft Washing) Driveways Commercial Buildings // 670-774-O25O Sidewalks / Walkways Much More! o, 47e-e ss5 ', ,~, Navicent Health + A(rium Health: Teaming up for you When the brightest minds in medicine come together, you get the very best care in your community. We're joining to bring you the latest expert treatments, the easiest options for everyday convenience, and more of the exceptional care centered around you that helps you live your best.