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‘It’s full steam ahead’ for new science wing at O’Plaine

Steel girders mark height width new science wing Warren Township High School O'Plaine Road campus. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

Steel girders mark the height and width of the new science wing at Warren Township High School O'Plaine Road campus. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 11, 2013 2:22AM

GURNEE — Construction crews were at work during the holiday break to minimize disruption to students once school resumed Tuesday, O’Plaine Campus officials said Friday.

Steel girders have been implemented at Warren Township High School’s campus.

“It’s just full steam ahead ... from here on out, things should start to change and look like they’re getting somewhere,” said O’Plaine Principal Greg Meyer.

Construction crews are working to enclose the building and put a roof on so interior work can begin, according to Assistant Principal Chuck Maurer.

The new science wing is on track to open in time for the 2013-2014 school year, he said. The $11.5 million project will build 10 new science labs and upgrade safety to include eye-wash stations. The labs will also be in the new wing, rather than scattered throughout the school.

The current labs have not been updated since 1985.

The new classrooms should be ready for furniture and teachers to move into by August, Maurer said.

“The building is still on the scheduled plan ... as long as the weather holds, we should be fine,” said Maurer.

The project also includes an addition to the south end of the school, he said. A new weight room, girl’s locker room, observation deck for the pool and two bathrooms are going where the courtyard is, Maurer said.

Construction has been underway since July.

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