Noise Signals: H-PT projects continuing

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Danielle Lund and Andra Campbell of the Houghton High School Environmental Club discuss their club’s activities during the Houghton-Portage Township School District Board meeting Monday night.

HOUGHTON — As evidenced by the noises coming from the roof during Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board meeting Monday, work is continuing on the district’s capital improvement project.

The work is part of a $10.9 million bond proposal approved last year by district voters.

Roofing at the middle/high school building is about 60 percent complete. Aside from fascia and shingle materials, all roofing materials are on site.

The pool/middle school gym overlay is finished, including 2 inches of insulation and a DuroLast membrane.

Ninety percent of the auditorium/multi-purpose and shop area roof is complete. The shop area is scheduled to be finished by Tuesday. After that, workers will move on to the classroom area roof.

Once the new roof areas are finished, a metal edge cap and fascia will be installed.

Rain delayed the project by about a week, said Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil.

There have not been major issues with student safety during the construction project, Klingbeil said.

“At the football games sometimes kids wander around, and we have to shoo them out of some of the areas that are roped off and marked,” she said.

Elsewhere in the project, the district received two new water heaters, which will be installed over Christmas vacation.

As of earlier this month, 50 percent of the initial design review had been completed for the new athletic complex.

“We’re still looking over things right now and working on that, preparing for the spring,” Klingbeil said.

Progress reports will be posted on the district’s website, Klingbeil said.

There have been no problems with the recently installed gym floor, Klingbeil said.