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Construction Update Part Two

April 5, 2013
The front of the new multipurpose room.  Photo by Ruth Halpern.

The front of the new multipurpose room. Photo by Ruth Halpern.

By Olivia B. and Shelby R.

Last November we interviewed Conor Thompson of West Bay Builders, the construction company working on our school. In March we talked to him again to see how the construction project is going.

Q. Are you happy with the progress you have made?
A. Very happy, and it has been a quick job. Everyone works well together making everything happen.

Q. Are you ahead or behind schedule?
A. The job is on schedule.

Q. When do you predict the school will be finished?
A. August 16, 2013

Q. How many schools have you built?
A. Montclair is the fourth.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. It is an exciting job, because it is different every day.

Q. Are the materials you are using made in the US?
A. Not all materials used are made in the US. There is a wooden side panel on the outside facing Mountain Boulevard that’s from Spain.

Q. When will the windows go in?
A. The windows are going in now and will be completed next month.

Q. Is there going to be a lot of natural light?
A. There will be a lot of natural light. Classrooms have floor to ceiling windows facing southeast with special reflectors that help light the whole room.

Q. Has the number of men working on the job changed?
A. There are 30 people working on the job, including women.

Q. Is the garden going to be level?
A. The garden area will be slanted.

Q.. Are the workers protected when working in the rain?
A. Yes, because they are working under the roof.

Q. Is there going to be a kitchen?
A. There will be a full modern kitchen.

Q. What are the holes you are working on?
A. The holes are used for putting in the pipes.

To see more construction photos and learn more about the project, see


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