The construction of the new Shionoe school that started in early summer has continued through to the fall has been chugging right along. This new building will consolidate all three elementary schools into one, and put it under the same roof as the middle school. The middle school portion of it is slated to open its doors by the end of next summer, so I may just have a chance to see that before hitting the ol’ dusty trail. One of the first things that they did was to raze all the auxiliary buildings to make room for the new one, of which I posted a picture before. Following that, they took out all of the trees and foliage that hugged the gymnasium. This basically gave the teachers more parking space, so that has been nice. In the picture below, you can see this and also a portion of the barrier that building code mandates outline the perimeter of the site.
This next picture is a bit more substantial and shows significant progress over the dirt field of yore. After digging an array of trenches, they constructed a rebar skeleton, framed it, and then poured concrete to create the foundation. At this step of the process, it has become much easier to appreciate the dimensions of the new school and how everything will ultimately fit together. The one other comment to make is that the area in the foreground will be the middle school side, and because that has a more pressing deadline, everything happens there first.