Work on the new building additions at Concord and Countryside is advancing and contractors are now at the point where the structure needs to connect with the roof. As such, preparation for the installation of the roof on the addition has begun.
With this roofing project may come the unfortunate odor of hot tar. District officials and representatives from Kraus-Anderson Construction (KA) have shared the process for application of the tar and plans for not only mitigating the smell, but also how air quality will be monitored and concerns will be addressed. The construction team is also working with building maintenance staff to turn off the fresh air intake during application so as to lessen the odor of tar inside the building. In addition, the district will continue monitoring air quality in the school to ensure we are meeting required standards.
It is anticipated that application of this part of the tar roof should only take part of one day. Concord is scheduled to have this work done on Thursday, October 27. Depending on how that project progresses, crews will then go to Countryside to do the same work there. If it is not completed on Thursday, the team will complete it on Friday, October 28.
For additional questions and concerns about the health impact of roofing odors, we encourage you to review the following FAQ produced by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Health and Safety.
Site preparations for the district’s new transportation services facility has begun. Located at 7600 Metro Boulevard, the facility will provide more space to adequately house the current bus fleet as well as likely future expansion. It is expected to be ready for use in time for the 2017-18 school year. Meanwhile, the district continues to explore options to sell the current transportation property at Eden Avenue.