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New Elementary School - Summer 2018

Project Summary

Our most recent project for Gaston County School Systems is an investment in west Gastonia that exceeds $20 million.  Completed in August of 2018, it is the result of the school bonds approved by voters in 2007 and a plan by the Gaston County Board of Education to consolidate three older, smaller elementary schools – Forest Heights, Pleasant Ridge, and Rhyne – into one larger, new school.

The campus consumes a 14-acre tract, and the building spans approximately 122,000 square feet with two floors of classrooms, various instructional spaces, administrative offices, teacher workrooms, conference rooms, a cafeteria/gymnasium, and other areas.  It is designed to accommodate 800 students.

Project Highlights

  • Project construction began in 2017 and was completed in two phases.  Phase 1 included site work for the new elementary school with a completion date of June 2017.  Phase 2 included the demolition of four existing buildings and construction of a new parking lot with completion date of 180 days after Phase 1.  
  • The Jenkins team worked closely with the General Contractor and school officials to complete a major portion of this project safely while school was in session.
  • All erosion control, demolition, grading, storm drain, roof drains, water, sewer, new wet pond, and revisions to existing bioretention basins were completed by Jenkins.
  • Approximately 50,000 CY of excavation and removal of 40,000 CY of buried debris hauled and replaced with approximately 60,000 CY of borrow fill completed in 90 working days.
  • Storm drainage pipe and structures completed in 35 working days; roof drains completed in 20 working days; Phase 1 water line completed in 30 working days; sanitary sewer completed in 15 working days.