Herald-Whig View

Quincy school construction speed paying off for district

Posted: Jul. 24, 2016 12:30 am Updated: Jul. 25, 2016 8:01 am

VOTERS who overwhelmingly approved an $89 million school construction issue in November 2014 once again are seeing their faith in the school district rewarded with the announcement of an accelerated work schedule.

Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb hopes to see all five new elementary school buildings open by August 2019, more than a year ahead of previous schedules. In order to accomplish this, two schools would be constructed each year, rather than one.

Under this work schedule, students and teachers will benefit from these new facilities -- access to improved technology, safety and learning environments -- years sooner.

School officials had originally planned on only one project per year to make sure engineers and contractors would not be stretched thin if they participated on more than one building project.

However, after more than a year of planning and construction, Business Manager Joel Murphy told The Herald-Whig "we can definitely build two buildings in that time frame with enough staggering so we're not stepping on a contractor who may want to bid on two buildings."

Murphy's optimism is based on the renovations underway at Quincy High School and the rapid progress at Monroe Elementary School.

In addition, there have been different approaches by lead architectural firms. Architechnics is pursuing traditional brick-and-mortar masonry on the 30th and Locust site that will be built in the next round of work. Meanwhile, Klingner and Associates has dealt with precast concrete at the Monroe School site at 3211 Payson Road. While there is some overlap between the two construction techniques, there are enough skilled workers in the larger community to handle both jobs.

There also are enough architects and engineers to handle the building projects.

In addition to Klingner and Architechnics oversight of other projects, Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates will lead the project planned for an unspecified site on Quincy's southwest side.

Quincy voters showed their commitment to the community's growth and the education of local children with a 2-to-1 vote for the construction program. Their wise choice will provide construction jobs in the short-term and greater educational opportunities for generations of students.

Completion of the school buildings ahead of schedule is a welcome development.