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July 5, 2012

Hickory Goes to Summer School

While students are enjoying summer vacation, Hickory’s team of professionals are renovating two elementary schools in Grainger County, finishing interior renovations in the Humanities & Social Sciences Building at the University of Tennessee, and will soon break ground on a new elementary school in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

“School remodeling projects require very specific timelines,” says Jim Pack, Vice President of Commercial Operations.  “The bottom line is that classrooms have to be ready when students and teachers return for the new school year.  We have established a system and a work ethic that enables schools to open on time after extensive renovations.”

In Grainger County, Hickory is installing an exterior canopy at Joppa Elementary School, while Rutledge Elementary is undergoing interior renovation.

Hickory crews are managing a major renovation of more than 40 classrooms inside the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the University of Tennessee campus.  Designed to be more student-friendly, the renovation includes new hallway seating on all three floors, two student lounges and will upgrade the technology capabilities of classrooms.

Hickory is gearing up to break ground on the new 137,000 sq. ft. Ooltewah Elementary School with plans to have it ready for the 2013-14 academic year.  “This is the first time we have built a school from the ground up,” says Pack.  “Our entire team is focused on exceeding expectations.  We have every confidence that we will hit our goals, and give this community the school it envisions right on schedule.”

The school will add much needed classroom space for about 1,100 students in grades K-5.  Located on Ooltewah-Georgetown Road, the school will include an interior play area flanked by music rooms, a stage and offices.

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