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Greg Broadway, with Outdoor Elegance, prepares material in front of the new math-science building at Calhoun Community College.
Building education at Calhoun
New math-science edifice likely done in April or May
By Bayne Hughes
While not a skyscraper, the new math-science building looms over the center of the Calhoun Community College campus.
The 84,000-square-foot edifice is entering its final two months of construction, although it is behind schedule. The building is part of a $22 million project that also includes destruction of the Rice Science Building and the old portion of Harris Hall, conversion of at least two parking lots into green space, and construction of two smaller parking lots.
Consolidated Construction of Huntsville is the lead contractor.
Anthony Jones, construction manager for Hall-Taylor Construction of Tuscaloosa, said during a building tour last week that the project is about four months behind. Now the goal is substantial completion by April 2, although Jones said it’s more likely completion date for Phase 1 (finishing the new building) will be in mid-May. Phase 2, the building demolitions and parking lots, will take another six months to complete.
Jones estimated the building is about 80 percent complete.
“We’re behind schedule for several different reasons, but mainly due to material delivery and manpower issues,” Jones said. “If you can’t get the materials and the people to put it together, it’s hard to build a building.”
Calhoun Dean of Finance and Administration Jack Burrow said the building must be completed in time for the college to move into it between winter semester and summer semester, which begins May 23.
When faculty and students move in, they may get a sense of deja vu. Jones said that sense of familiarity comes from the Health-Science Building that opened in November. PH&J Architects designed both buildings.
J.W. Wilson, maintenance supervisor for Calhoun Community College, surveys the progress of the third-floor administrative offices. Phase 1 of construction — the building itself — is expected to be complete in either April or May. Phase 2, which involves demolitions and parking lots, will likely take another six months.
He said the Math-Science Building is “almost a carbon copy” of Health-Science on the outside. The building features alder wood with a Brazilian cherry finish framing of most offices. Cherry wood is used consistently throughout the building. The tile has a marble look, as workers mixed a variety of brown, tan and eggshell white colors. The carpet is a mixture of gray, brown and black.
The contractor built the building skeleton, and then workers started in the attic and on the third floor and moved down. The administration offices, including the president’s office, public relations and business and finance, are moving to this third floor that’s almost complete, although some offices still need hardwood and/or wall covering.
With the attic and second and third floors passing above-ceiling inspections, workers were laying in ceiling tiles last week on the second floor. The north end rooms still lack flooring and wall covering.
The second floor may be the building’s most impressive with its array of nine labs for biology, microbiology, physiology, chemical and organic chemistries, and physical science.
The first floor, with its 15 classrooms and learning center, is where crews are lagging. Bare walls and cement walls, yet to receive tile or wall covering, dominate. Electrical crews are hard at work.
One highlight of the first floor that could become a popular student hangout is a glass back porch with a view of Pryor Field.
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