by Katie Sweet
The community of Bath, Maine has committed some serious resources into building a brand-new high school, slated to open in December. Morse High School in Bath sits on a new location at 34 Wing Farm Parkway.
Built for the students of Bath and seven other towns, this school will be well-equipped for many uses. Plans include a two-tiered auditorium, a state-of-the-art vocational school that will serve several towns, a cosmetology division, a culinary division with dining room, two gyms, and more!
Harvey Construction has been awarded the contract for this project. Jim Klemarczyk, the superintendent, says, “This job has had some challenges as they all do, but I’d consider this one a pretty smooth ride.”
As previously reported, this land ended up coming with the burden of large clay mass. This unexpected snag came with a price tag of $500,000. Fortunately, funds were available for the unexpected and neither the budget nor the construction start time was impacted.
Klemarczyk says the biggest challenge to maintaining the timeline is having the labor needed to meet deadlines. He credits the talents and manpower of Metro Walls for keeping this job on track.
“Everyone is just so busy in this industry and a lot of my challenges involve finding creative ways to work around other teams’ packed work schedules. The team that I can always count on is Metro. Their guys are hard workers and they always deliver. In my 40 years in this business, Metro Walls is the best drywall company I’ve worked with,” says Klemarczyk on how he stays on schedule.
This project has been the largest for Metro Walls’ Maine division. Leading the charge from Portland is general manager, Don Lessard. Lessard, a native of Maine, has been working in the industry for over 30 years. His responsibilities include client relations, project management and office administration. In addition to these, he spends a lot of his time visiting job sites throughout Maine and supporting his staff in the field.
Metro Walls’ Maine Division has grown tremendously the past few years. Lessard is proud of the nearly 60 workers he manages in Maine. According to both Lessard and Klemarczyk, Metro provided some standout employees on the Morse School project.
“Both Casey and Dana have proven we can handle any size project in Maine. Their hard work, skill level, and ingenuity has not gone unnoticed by Metro or Harvey Construction,” says Lessard.
With leadership and collaboration from teams like Harvey Construction, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, and Crooker Construction, this school is sure to be gorgeous, on time and on budget. These students will be thrilled to call the Morse High School their new home for years to come.
Katie Sweet is marketing coordinator at Metro Walls.