By Craig Neises
Director of Marketing, Carl A. Nelson & Company
More than a year of work remains before construction of the new, $42.5 million, 180,000-square-foot high school in Sioux Center, Iowa, is complete. But already, reviews of the work done so far, and Carl A. Nelson & Company's role in the build, are positive.
"The school district is just extremely excited and very thankful for all the work that CANCO is providing for us in leading this outstanding group of contractors and workers on getting things accomplished," Sioux Center Community School District Superintendent Gary McEldowney told host Piet Westerbeek during a Feb. 28 live broadcast of The Daily Grind, a daily interview show conducted from a booth at the Sioux Center Hy-Vee and which is broadcast on KSOU 93.9 FM.
Joining McEldowney for the interview was Mark Hall, project superintendent for Carl A. Nelson & Company on the construction management agency job.
"We were fortunate to get selected to do the management for the school system," Hall said of the 107-year-old, Burlington, Iowa-based design-build, construction management and general contracting company.
McEldowney noted the project is "moving along very nicely," and credited the construction management team from CANCO for its leadership. That group also includes on-site project engineer Marcus DePalma, and project manager Nick Liston in Carl A. Nelson & Company's Cedar Falls office.
Hall shared the credit for with the entire project team, including the architects and engineers, the general contractor and subcontractors, commenting on the evident community pride being taken in the work being done on such a significant local project.
Responding to a question about activity on the construction site, Hall said work is wrapping up on enclosing the main part of the building, and construction of the gym was slated to begin the first week of March. Soon, he added, the number of workers on the site will grow to more than 100 as interior work gets underway, while exterior work continues with the pouring of concrete for roads on the site, preparation of soccer fields and other tasks.
The winter has cooperated with the construction schedule, and Hall expressed hope spring would do the same.