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Steel, block work, door frames going up at Enota
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Construction workers lay concrete blocks on Wednesday at the site of the new Enota Elementary School in Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

As structured steel goes up on the campus of the new Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, the school is beginning to take shape and remains ahead of schedule for an August 2018 opening, according to a school district official.

“We have lost about a day and a half to rain, but other than that, we’re still well on target and just a little bit ahead of schedule,” said Adrian Niles, maintenance and operations director and capital projects manager for the school district. 

Niles, who gave a progress report to the Gainesville City School System board at its meeting Wednesday night, said the project is currently about two weeks ahead of schedule.

In addition to the steel, Niles said block work has started along with plumbing for overhead water lines on the second floor and first-floor bathrooms. Duct work on one section of the HVAC has also begun.

“We’re already starting to set door frames in certain sections downstairs on the first level,” he said. “You’ll see second-story roof work has already started.”

Gainesville School Superintendent Jeremy Williams said he is pleased with what he has seen accomplished in the work. 

“Anytime you can see a building going up and concrete blocks being installed, then you’re looking at what the next steps will be for us,” Williams said. “So we’re really excited to just see a lot of movement happening.”

The building is being constructed on the same site where the first Enota school building sat for more than six decades. That building was torn down and debris removed early in the summer and construction of the new building began shortly afterwards. 

Board member Sammy Smith, who attended school at Enota, said he is “very pleased with the progress” in the construction work.

“I’m hopeful that good weather keeps coming our way,” he said. “The contractors and the subs are working nights and weekends; that’s evident. We’re very sensitive to the neighborhood, of course. For now, all looks very good.”

Board Chairman Brett Mercer also said he is also happy with the way the work is going so far.

“They have made a lot of progress,” Mercer said. “We’re excited about the speed at which Enota seems to be coming together and looking forward to continuing our partnership with Carroll-Daniel Construction (contractors for the project).”

While construction is going on Enota is sharing the campus of Centennial Arts Academy.

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