By Nancy Covert
Once these rooms were filled with sounds of students‚Äô laughter and teachers‚Äô lessons. Those sounds were due to be replaced with those of sermons and singing.
This past week, a trio of Pioneer Middle School classrooms were set to get a major makeover. The portables, according to Ken Albright of Modern Building Systems, were to be, ‚Äúput into the service of God.‚Äù
The three portables, located at 511 Chambers, were previously voted as surplus by the SHSD school board. Bids for their purchase and removal were solicited. After a review SHSD sold the portables in Aug. 2008 to Modern Building Systems, Inc.
The first phase of an estimated three-month transformation began on Sept. 10 when laborers arrived at the site and began dismantling three temporary buildings that have been in use since 1994, said Dr. Art Himmler, SHSD Superintendent. The district unhooked the electricity and removed the ramps and landings.
A convoy of portables was scheduled to leave town on Sept. 12, bound for Oregon where they would be readied for their next assignment.
Once the structures have been restored, they are to be used as a church, Albright explained. The classrooms contain 5,376 sq.-ft. of space.
In the mid-90s, to meet the growing need for more classroom space, Steilacoom Historical School District purchased portable classrooms to be used at Saltar‚Äôs Point, Cherrydale Primary and Pioneer Middle Schools.
After about a dozen years‚Äô use these structures were still in sound condition, according to Albright. He said that MBS originally transported the classrooms to the site.
The company, he added, has about 800 portable units currently in service around the Northwest.
All removal and tear down expenses including disposal of skirting and blocking material was to be incurred by the purchaser. They also were to remove all debris associated with the buildings. Once they‚Äôd been removed, the school district was to re-grade the property.
Note: In late August, the new Pioneer Middle School at DuPont/Northwest Landing opened. A formal community dedication of the new facility was set for Sept. 20.Print This Post