TYLER, TX (KLTV) -Tyler ISD says the steel structure of Robert E. Lee High School’s future three-story academic building is 99 percent complete.
“You’ve got five main areas for this building,” says project manager Cherie Jones. “For areas A & B we’ve done sheetrock, and we’re getting ready to work our way through to areas C to D and E."
Jones says they expect this building to be complete by August of 2020. This keeps construction on schedule despite the recent rainfall and the collapse of a large crane on December 19 at the site.
TISD says no one was hurt in the collapse but, The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is currently investigating the incident and sub-contractor S & D Erectors, the company that owns the crane.
In 2014, S&D Erectors was fined for training and general requirement violations. They reached an informal settlement with the OSHA area director.
A new crane is on site.
"Within 24 hours they were able to take care of all of that,” says Jones.
Over at John Tyler High School, work has begun on the building slab for a two story academic building and administrative wing. Project manager Brady Beddingfield call this a big milestone.
“After this we will start standing up our structural steel,” says Beddingfield. “Structural steel is the column and the beams and the decking that actually form the skeleton of the building.”
Beddingfield says they expect to move students into this new building following its completion in December of this 2019 but, students will be able to utilize another new building before then. The new practice gym at John Tyler High School is expected to be ready for use this May meanwhile, the former practice gym is being converted into locker rooms and part of the cafeteria.
According to TISD, both high schools are still on schedule to be completed by fall of 2021.