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Public gets first look at Emblem Elementary

Construction reportedly three-quarters complete, school scheduled to be operational for the 2013-14

Posted: August 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Brian Smith, legal counsel for the Saugus Union School District, left, and Dennis Kuykendall, senior project manager for Balfour Beatty Construction, look over the floor plans after the school district board takes a tour of at Emblem Elementary School in Saugus on Tuesday.

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Touring pristine, nearly completed classrooms, Saugus Union officials opened up the Emblem Elementary School site for a public tour Tuesday evening.  

“It’s important for everyone to see what’s happening and how far it’s come,” said Superintendent Joan Lucid, adding that overall, the project is nearly three-quarters complete.

The construction is still on track to be completed in November, according to Dennis Kuykendall, senior project manager with Balfour Beatty Construction who led the tour.

Balfour Beatty was brought in last year to address delays in construction that have hampered a project which started in 2010 and expected to be operational for the 2013-14 school year.

The 44-year-old school site will have a two-story main building and smaller new kindergarten classrooms adjacent to the main building.

Saugus Union officials approved an $11.6 million budget to modernize the 44-year-old school in April 2010, according to district documents.

Once construction is completed, there are a process of permits and approvals, but district officials are likely to schedule another tour of the facility before its open to the public.

“That’s the best practice — you need to have the stakeholders, the community, know that we are holding ourselves accountable,” Cynthia Hsieh, assistant superintendent of business services.

“For all construction, we’re going to have regular walkthroughs, so the public knows where we are at,” Hsieh said.



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