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September 17, 2013

Hickory Completes 13 Month Ooltewah Elementary School Project Ahead of Schedule

On July 29, Hickory Construction completed the new Ooltewah Elementary School in Hamilton County, three days ahead of what was already an extremely demanding schedule, given the size and scope of the project. The $21 million, 13 month project began last summer and included many around-the-clock hours.

  • Moving 350,000 cubic yards of dirt to get ready to start construction
  • Laying 200,000 blocks in 18 weeks, which were required to be in place before the roofing could begin
  • Building a new three quarter mile county road including all underground utilities leading to the school
  • Incorporating a geothermal HVAC system, with 130 wells each drilled 500 ft. deep
  • Widening the existing main county road to incorporate a turn lane

The new Ooltewah Elementary School is 136,000 sq. ft., and is now the largest elementary school among the 54 schools in Hamilton County. The school will house about 1,100 students including infant, daycare and pre-k through fifth grade. It is a fully sprinkled school with a fully automated Energy Management System and includes dining and food facilities, play rooms, media center, administrative offices and other support facilities.

Once the fire and building codes were approved, teachers and staff began moving in giving them more time to get ready for the 2013 school year than they had anticipated.

“Hickory strives to complete projects on or before deadline and focuses on customer satisfaction,” said Chuck Alexander, Executive Vice President of Hickory Construction. “We are proud to be a part of the group effort it took to get this project completed before the school year.”

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