Performing arts buildings at North Iredell, South Iredell nearing completion
An aerial shot shows construction of the new performing arts building and additional parking spaces at North Iredell High School.
An aerial shot of construction at South Iredell High School shows the new performing arts building and additional parking spaces.
BY KARISSA MILLER
Students at South and North Iredell high schools will begin using their new performing arts building a little later than originally planned.
Construction was originally slated to be done in mid-January, but the completion dates will likely be near the end of February or early March, according to Iredell-Statesville Schools Director of Construction Rob Jackson.
G.L. Wilson Building Company of Statesville is the general contractor for both projects.
"Both projects are coming along very well despite a little bit of weather interference," Jackson explained. "G.L. Wilson is making every available effort to meet our deadlines. We’re pleased with the working they are doing.”
The flooring was scheduled to be installed last week and crews will be painting along the way, Jackson said, describing the process as “running smoothly.”
After the sound and lighting systems are installed, crews will begin working through the final checklist, he added.
Jackson said that seating installation will be one of the last steps. After that, the building will soon be ready for students to use.
Ground was initially broken for the performing arts buildings in October 2016.
The buildings are almost identical in design, housing classrooms, a 700-seat auditorium and costume-changing rooms with lockable storage. Additional parking spaces have been added at both schools to meet code requirements.
The additions will replace outdated facilities. Also, it will give the band and chorus programs a space of their own. Music participation at both schools has increased due to interest and a spike in enrollment.
The North Iredell project cost $7.807 million, while the one at South Iredell was $7.626 million. Funding from the November 2014 bond referendum helped pay for both projects.