EARLIER: New high school nearly one third complete

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By Lisa King

Martha Layne Collins High School is coming along, and school officials report that the construction is nearly a one-third complete.

Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator with Shelby County Schools, said that the construction is 27 percent complete, according to a report from Sherman-Carter-Barnhart architects.

The school, on Discovery Boulevard west of Shelbyville, is set to open in August 2010.

"The progress report was issued July 14 with input from Whittenburg construction," Puckett said.

She said that the contractor has asked for four additional days in the completion timeline, because of inclement weather.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent James Neihof said he is pleased with the progress made at the school construction site.

"All those involved are working diligently to make this process a smooth one," he said. "With the school board's recent approval to bid the outdoor facilities, we continue to move forward toward opening the new high school in August 2010."

Passersby along U.S. 60 continue to see a bevy of activity on the school site as crews work on various aspects of the project.

The colors - cranberry and dove gray - have been chosen for the exterior brick of the building, and the interior color selections will be Columbia blue, black and white, to conform with the school's chosen colors and mascot, the Titans.

Sherman-Carter-Barnhart officials Michael Smith and Darrel Douglas reported that a number of construction items have been completed within the past 30 days, including underground utilities.

Substantial concrete work is also in place, including the foundations as well as the concrete slab on deck areas.

Steel joist deck areas are complete, as is the metal stud framing. Geothermal drilling has also been done, and ductwork for heating and air conditioning, piping and controls have been installed.

The architects also reported that the initial plumbing and electrical work are complete.