CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County school system is making headway on a handful of much-anticipated construction projects.
The new Edgewood Elementary School on Charleston's West Side is finally taking shape. Crews spent more than six months preparing the site -- a little less than a mile off of Wood Road -- for the building's construction.
They were finally able to begin that construction in June, and now the building's outside structure is nearly complete. Crews have moved on to the building's insides.
"There's a roof on it, there are walls," said Chuck Wilson, facilities director for Kanawha County Schools. "We've got plastic where some of the windows are and temporary heating units in there. They're running ductwork and plumbing and wiring and all that."
The building was originally estimated to cost about $12 million, but the extensive site preparation bumped the cost closer to $22 million. It's slated to be finished by the start of the 2014 school year.
Wilson said crews are slightly behind schedule because of the winter's harsh weather, but he hopes they'll pick up the pace as the weather continues to improve through the spring.
"We may not catch up on that schedule," he said. "But we want a quality project and we're going to get it done."
Another hot-button construction project -- a roof replacement project at South Charleston Middle School -- is in early phases, but progressing rapidly, Wilson said.
The middle school is sorely in need of a new roof -- water in the building has been spurring on mold growth and parents have been vehement in their complaints to school system officials.
That project is out for bid, Wilson said, and can't be completed until the summer months, when the weather is mild and the building isn't being used.
The call for bids to build a new addition at John Adams Middle is still being prepared -- that bidding period should open in about a week.
There are also a slew of renovation projects in the works, in various stages of completion.
East Bank Middle School has a new entryway and commons area that Wilson said is completed -- and impressive.
"It looks a heck of a lot better," he said. "To me it looks like a Starbucks."
There's also a renovation of the commons area at Nitro High School, and the commons area renovation at Sissonville High is in the design phase.Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4886.