By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — The end has come.
Beginning Monday, March 9, the area surrounding the historic school building on Parkway Drive and Jack Wood Stadium will be closed to the public.
Contractors are slated to begin fencing off the area to prepare for construction.
The Trussville City Board of Education in December 2014 approved TriStar of America, based out of Norcross, Ga., as the low bidder for the demolition project at Jack Wood Stadium. The bid was $374,000.
The demolition project consists of Jack Wood Stadium; as well as a major portion of the existing New Deal-era school building; interior tear-out of interior finishes, ceiling, lighting, plumbing fixture and associated piping; removal and safe disposal of hazard waste in the form of asbestos and lead paint; track field house; and sidewalks of the existing school.
A walking path around the Trussville Civic Center is available during construction. There will eventually be a small walking track where the field at Jack Wood Stadium currently sits.
The board in February approved Trussville-based Blalock Building Company to build a new elementary school, and renovate the existing structure, for $10,961,000. The company had been revealed as the low bidder Feb. 10 with a bid of $11,088,000. Minor adjustments decreased the cost. Blalock Building Company was the company that won the bid for constructing Hewitt-Trussville Stadium, which was completed in October 2014.
The projected completion date for the school is June 30, 2016.
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