Twice per week crews pour 100 yards of concrete at the construction site of the new Mora High School. A set of cranes, one with a 200-foot boom, help erect the exterior, precast concrete walls and hoist over 100-foot long steel joists for the roof. Approximately 35-40 people are working at the site each day.
“So far we are on time and on budget,” reported Mora Public Schools Superintendent Dan Voce.
The building should be ready for occupancy for the 2023-2024 school year.
Evan Johnson, ICS project manager, said mild weather in the fall and early winter has been advantageous.
Site work including installation of utilities, parking lots, retaining ponds and sports fields are mostly complete. Crews are currently finishing pouring the foundations.
The focus of work in January will be roofing and framing the exterior walls.
Recent challenges for the construction industry nationwide has been acquiring materials and hiring skilled labor.
“Skilled labor is getting more and more tough to find,” said Johnson, noting that they have been fortunate and it hasn’t affected the progress of their work.
Finding materials is another matter. Again, Johnson reported it hasn’t been much of an issue for the High School build.
“So far so good,” he said, noting that ICS ordered steel in the perfect window and was able to acquire what they needed.
ICS and the school district did swap one of the roofing insulation materials due to availability. Originally they planned to use polyiso insulation, but switched to EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation.