O&G Industries Breaks Ground on Putnam High School Renovation Project
PUTNAM, CT O&G Industries officially broke ground on the Putnam High School renovation project. Members of the Putnam High School Administration, Faculty, School Board Building Committee, Elected Officials, and O&G Industries gathered behind the shell of the new gymnasium for the project's official groundbreaking ceremony.
"O&G is excited to be working with the community here in Putnam to deliver a 21st century educational facility," said Ken Biega, Assistant Vice President of O&G Industries.
The $36.6 million, 98,000-square-foot, renovate-as-new project began with a soft start in the fall of 2014. Construction crews began work that would set the stage for a full-scale effort beginning immediately after the last day of school. Work will continue throughout the school's summer break while the school is unoccupied.
"During the course of this project we will perform a comprehensive renovation that will upgrade the school's facilities to that of a modern educational environment," said Biega. "In the areas touched by the renovation we will remove all of the structure down to the outer shell of the building. Then we will reconstruct the facility with all new components. We will also address challenges such as the lack of natural light, bring outdated systems up to code, incorporate energy efficient design features, and expand areas such as the gymnasium that no longer meet the school's needs."
The scope of the project includes replacing windows, renovating the science labs, expanding the gymnasium, transforming the existing library into a multi-media center, and upgrading the mechanical infrastructure of the 60-year-old building. The project is anticipated to be complete by the summer of 2017.