Steel structure takes shape at Owego Elementary

By Kelly McCarthy

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM EDT

Owego, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Huge steel beams are at the site of the future Owego Elementary School. After more than two years of waiting, the new school is starting to take shape.

Steel shipments have been arriving at the new Owego Elementary school site every day this week.

"We're getting a lot of real positive feedback because this community has been wanting to see this happen for about two and a half years now," said District Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell.

More than 3,000 pieces of steel are going up this week alone.

The school's construction site is blocked off into five sections. The first section is now getting steel and the foundation is being set. The first section is where the future auditorium will be. The original school building did not include an auditorium.

For the past three months crews have been focusing on work in the ground. They raised the flood plain, put in water and sewage pipes, and laid foundations. But now, the work above ground is getting some attention.

"Really something visible, really something tangible," Russell said, "You can really get a feel for it now that you could not have before, when you were just apparently looking at piles of dirt."

The first steel beam was secured on Monday. In a couple of weeks the steel structure will be complete and walls will start taking shape.

The new school is120,000 square feet. It almost doubles the size of the original building.

Russell said the project is on schedule and expects the school to open in the Fall of 2015.

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