The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

January 20, 2012

Work progresses quickly on Marsh Fork school

Seasonably mild weather has allowed work to progress quickly on the new Marsh Fork Elementary School.

Raleigh County Board President Richard Snuffer commented, “We are very happy with the progress that has been made. At times the weather has been a little wet for block laying and concrete, but the temperatures have not been too severe and work has been steady so far.”

Racine Thompson, assistant superintendent, said all of the school’s footers have been poured, underground storm drains have been installed, and the rough-ins for plumbing and electrical are going in, he said.

This week, masons are waiting for rain to slack off to continue laying block, he said.

“We have had a few inclement weather days, but we are hoping, if everything goes right, the building will be completed in October. That’s our target date,” Thompson said.

Snuffer added that they hope to have students moved in to the completed two-story structure, costing a little more than $10 million to build, after Christmas 2012.

The structure is located about 3 miles from the existing school and was designed by Williamson Shriver Architects based in Charleston.

The general construction contract was awarded to Oval Construction, of Charleston; HVAC and electrical contract to Nitro Electric of Hurricane; plumbing contract to Pennington Plumbing of Beckley; fire suppression contract to Brewer and Co. of Charleston; and food service equipment contract to C&T Design of Charleston.

The Marsh Fork Elementary School is funded through the Raleigh County School Board; Alpha Natural Resources; the Annenberg Foundation; the School Building Authority of West Virginia; and Pennies for Promises, Coal River Mountain Watch.

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