A crack on a hillside above The Heights parking lot caused some quick architectural redesign, Project Manager Jim Henry said at the meeting of the Seaside School District Building Oversight Committee on Tuesday, July 9.
“We reacted pretty quickly, as it was a surprise and site work at the Heights was beginning soon,” Henry said. “It took several weeks from beginning to end to come to a solution.”
First noticed by a dogwalker, geotechnical engineers conducted tests to reveal on the discovered crevices of between 2 inches and 8 inches, indicating there was some earth movement. The crack is attributable to water seepage after tree-cutting, Henry said.
The crack was not attributable to work at the middle and high school, or at the elementary school.
Weyerhaeuser, which logged the area prior to construction, has reforested the area, Seaside School District Superintendent Sheila Roley said.
Rather than build a retaining wall with drilled piers to address the earth movement northeast of The Heights at a cost of between $500,000 and $700,000, architects redesigned the layout for modular classrooms and realigned the fire lane away from the slippage area. around the schools. Some proposed utilities — including transformers and a gas meter — were moved, as well as a location to store dumpsters and trash.
With the new layout engineers didn’t have to cut into the hill. “We’re leaving that lower part,” Roley said. “That seemed to be a critical piece. If you don’t touch it, it’s fine. We kind of avoided that problem.”
Another concern came from dry rot and dormant mold discovered in several areas when performing seismic upgrade work at, Henry said.
The Heights’ roof slopes predominantly to the south and likely some time ago several roof drains were clogged, causing overflow internally at the overhang. Crews are replacing damaged studs and Sheetrock in the areas abated by an abatement company, Henry said. “We just wanted to be safe with what we were doing.”
The Heights gym will be completed by the end of the year, he said, with school renovation beginning in 2020, with completion projected by fall for the opening of classes.
Roley estimated that 115 workers were on site this week, grading the athletic field, working on the middle and high school, and beginning construction on the gym at The Heights.
“We are are on schedule‚” Roley added. “I’d be disingenous if I didn’t say every day feels like a nail biter — it’s a tight schedule and we’re pleased with our team.”