The Seaside School District is finishing replacement of 22,000 linear square feet of weather barrier after the first application failed to meet specifications. The remediation project, estimated at $2.5 million, is covered by insurance.

Construction work at the new high school and middle school campus is expected to be complete in February.

Project engineer Chris Lawson joined members of the citizen oversight committee on school construction on a tour of the building last Wednesday, now occupied by staff members as interior work comes to a close.

Teams scrape insulation wool left over from the first round, smooth the wall and reapply weather barrier, a two-part process that involves measuring, drying and testing the first coat before applying the second, Lawson said.

After the second coat is applied, workers wait 24 hours then take samples to make sure that the job meets specifications. The contractor will then reinstall the metal panels and facade materials, about a 10-to-15 day job.

Other tasks ahead are replacing landscaping with elk-resistant plantings, installing card key operations that tie into the security system and putting the booster club sign on the west side of the high school and middle school building.

Ceiling tile replacement continues at Pacific Ridge Elementary to remove water-stained and broken tiles, project manager Jim Henry said. The public address system is being reworked and doors to some bathrooms reconfigured.

Completion at the former Heights Elementary is expected at the end of this month.

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