By Zach Bergevin,
The new All Student Center in construction at Davis High is set to be introduced to the school shortly after winter break. According to senior Ryan Berry, who worked as an administrative student-intern on the project throughout the summer, it should be completed by Dec. 20.
“When we first started, the deadline to have the job done was early Jan. of 2018, but we are actually planning on finishing a little earlier,” Project Engineer Raymond Kelley said. “We just finished getting the windows and doors in as well as the plaster and roof, so we are weather-tight,” Kelley said.
According to Kelley, the construction and engineering team is now focused on interior design, including painting, ceiling, and tile floors. The target date of completion has a much smaller margin of error with the exterior completed because there will be no unexpected weather delays or outside factors affecting progress.
“We thought some of the rain delays of last winter would affect [the date of completion], but we continued to make progress working over weekends and overtime,” Kelley said. As the weather became more stable in the summer months, progress moved along smoothly.
Although construction of the All Student Center has been mostly rapid, Berry acknowledges some bumps in the road during his internship.
“I logged RFIs [requests for information] during the project. RFIs are submitted when the architect’s blueprints are not clear enough for the construction team to proceed with,” Berry said.
The entire infrastructure of the building has been completed according to Berry and only finishing touches remain needed for the Center.
“I collected closeout information after subcontractors were finished on the job site. Various subcontractors were hired to complete specific parts of the project such as a plumbing sub to complete the bathrooms,” Berry said.
Once the finishing touches to the Center have been made, students can look forward to a 14,000 square foot flexible space that will serve multiple student interests. It will function as a classroom space, career center, and special services office. The building will be complete with a full commercial kitchen with servery and central dining area.
According to the All Student Center page on the DHS website, it will have a lounge area with “traditional seating, tall tables, and smaller group seating options to be functional and promote a pleasant social, lounge-like atmosphere for students.”
The All Student Center will be open both before and after school to support the needs of the Davis community.