Community meeting on Enota school construction
When: 6:30 p.m. July 13
Where: Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, 1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville
With demolition of the old building complete, construction on the new Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy has started and officials said Wednesday it is currently on schedule for its August 2018 opening.
Gainesville City Schools officials have also scheduled a community meeting next month in an effort to keep residents of the community informed on the progress of construction and answer questions.
BUILDING SITE CLEARED, WORK PROGRESSING
The 63-year-old former Enota building has been taken down and the rubble removed, and work is now underway to get the new school building completed by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Adrian Niles, maintenance and operations director and capital projects manager for the school district, said the building pad should be completed next week.
“We’re on schedule; it’s going well,” Niles said. “We were able to get started at the right time. The weather is certainly going to be a factor. We’ve tried to schedule in some weather days, but we still feel real confident we’ll make our deadline.”
Josh McIntyre, superintendent for the project for Carroll Daniel Construction, said the Enota school building will be similar to the recently completed Mundy Mill Academy building. McIntyre also served as superintendent for that project.
“It’s tight, yes, but I feel confident,” McIntyre said of the timeline to complete the school. “I just built one down at Mundy Mill Academy. This is pretty similar as far as layouts go, and I built it fairly quick.”
He added that he hopes his crew will soon be working on footings for the building.
“Around August we’ll start standing steel columns up and it’ll start taking shape,” McIntyre said.
COMMUNITY MEETING SET
School officials, architects and representatives from Carroll Daniel will be on hand to give an update on the project’s progress and answer questions during a community information meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 13 at the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County located at 1547 Riverside Drive.
“We just know that when you’re going into a community you want to make sure the community is informed as much as possible with the progress of the building and being able to hear what’s going on,” said incoming Superintendent Jeremy Williams. “We have a lot of residential homes in that area. We just want to make sure that the residents in that community have an opportunity to know the progress and know what’s going on, so they can be supportive over the next year as we build that one back.”
Niles added that the meeting is designed to get information out to people in the community that they may not know.
“We want to reiterate to the community that we will strive to be good neighbors and build an awesome building that we hope the community will be very proud of,” Niles said.
Williams said he has not heard of any complaints from residents, but wanted to be “proactive” in getting information out and addressing any concerns or questions residents may have.
Niles said there will be other community meetings during the construction process, but no decision has been made on how many.
“We initially said we wanted to do this quarterly, but we’ll look at it and do them as needed,” Niles said. “We may not have to do them quarterly, or we may have to do one a little bit earlier. We’ll just see how the project is going and how the community is responding to the project.”
While construction of the $19.3 million school is underway, Enota students will spend the 2017-18 school year sharing the campus of Centennial Arts Academy near Gainesville High School.