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Construction on the social studies and science building at Austin High School progresses.
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Construction on the social studies and science building at Austin High School progresses.

New Austin building
ahead of schedule

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Construction on Austin High School's $5.73 million science/social studies building is a "few weeks ahead of schedule," the project's architect said this week.

Architect Frank Nola Jr. of SKT Architects estimated contractor Pearce Construction has about 40 percent of the building complete. He said the walls up to the second floor should be complete in about two weeks and then workers will begin on the roof.

The science/social studies building replaces the demolished S-building on the south end of the Austin campus. Built in 1962, S-building was the oldest structure on this college-style high school campus.

The plan calls for 14 classrooms and a computer lab on the first floor for the social studies department.

The second floor will feature nine classrooms with three labs and offices and preparation areas.

Meanwhile, students are attending science and social studies classes in 14 portable classrooms on the school's front lawn.

The construction schedule calls for completion in November.

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