By Josh LaBella
Alondra De Leon, a senior project engineer at Gilbane Building Company, the company constructing the new portion of the high school, led high school sophomore Jeremy on a tour through the site.
Jeremy was student member of ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is particularly interested in architecture. In the site office De Leon showed Jeremy and his ASCE mentor Brian Phillips, an employee of Langan Engineering, the civil plan or “footprint” of the project. She outlined what had been completed and what was being worked on.
According to De Leon, one section of the high school project should be ready to be turned over to the school system by June 24. She added that the building would be able to host 1,400 students.
Phillips said as part of the ASCE high school program they pick a construction project each year and students pick an area they want to work on. He said it culminates with the students giving a presentation at the end of the year.
De Leon started the tour by showing the 4,500 square foot cafeteria. She then brought the tour to the auto motive shop.
“Us engineers are behind our computers a lot,” said De Leon, adding that the room had changed a lot since she had last been there.
De Leon continued the tour and said progress is being made fast and each day. She said a portion of the project will be ready for school use by the start of the school year in the fall.