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September 1, 2013

Hickory Construction Completes 13 Month Ooltewah Elementary School Project On Time Before School Starts

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Hickory Construction is excited to announce the completion of the new Ooltewah Elementary School in Hamilton County. Construction was finished on this $21 million, 13-month project on July 29, three days ahead of what was already an extremely tight schedule, given the size and scope of the project.

Ground was broken last summer at the school site on Ooltewah-Georgetown Road. Hickory worked for the first time with Franklin Associates, Architects, from Chattanooga, the project’s architectural firm to get the project completed on time. “We never would have completed the construction on the tight schedule if we hadn’t had such great help from the subcontractors, vendors and Franklin Architects, as well from the great folks at Hamilton County Department of Education,” said Budd Cheatham, Project Manager at Hickory.

Constructing a new school in only 13 months, with many around-the-clock hours, was a challenge, but one that Hickory proved able to meet. Some of the details of construction include:

  • • Moving 350,000 yards of dirt to get ready to start construction
  • • Laying about 200,000 blocks in 18 weeks, which were required to be in place before the roofing could begin
  • • Building a new ¾ mile county road including all underground utilities leading to the school
  • • Incorporating a geothermal HVAC system, with 130 wells, each 500 feet deep
  • • Widening an existing main county road to incorporate a turn lane

The new Ooltewah Elementary School is 136,000 square feet, 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 grades. It is a fully sprinkled school with a fully automated Energy Management System complete with dining and food facilities, play rooms, media center, administrative offices and other support facilities.

Even before construction was fully complete, teachers and staff were able to begin the move-in process once the fire and building codes were approved. Teachers started moving in on July 29, which was more time than they anticipated having to get ready for the 2013 school year.

“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.”

The school will host an open house for families of students at the new school on Wednesday, August 7 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Hickory Construction, Inc, is a licensed general contractor headquartered in Alcoa, Tennessee, offering services for commercial, industrial and residential projects.  For more information, visit www.hickoryconstruction.com.

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