Bulletin No. 4

SMC Redevelopment Project

Date: Monday, 30th November, 2015

As we start Week 14 of the 2015/2016 school year I’m very happy to provide further updates on recent progress with our redevelopment project.

The main activities on site in recent weeks could be summarised thus:

  • Blockwork up to ground floor level in teaching block and single storey
  • Formwork & Concrete to columns in teaching block and in the single storey block
  • Internal underground services progressing in the toilet areas in both blocks
  • Electricians working in the current building installing containment
  • Subsoil being removed offsite
  • Underfloor drainage in teaching block
  • Drilling for rebar for columns within blockwork in teaching block
  • Backfilling to floors of teaching block
  • Concrete columns to teaching block and single storey
  • Excavation for the diverted gas main single storey
  • Rebar to stair core and tea station
  • Gas main diversion now complete

Progress to date:

  1. Teaching Block
  • Foundations 90% complete
  • Rising Blockwork to ground floor 70% complete
  • Reinforcement columns within walls to ground floor 95% complete
  • Structural columns 95% complete
  • Underfloor drainage 75% complete
  • Backfill to floors 60% complete
  • Radon pipework 50% complete
  • Rebar to stair core to ground floor 100%
  • Rebar to tea station to ground floor 50%
  1. Single storey block:
  • Foundations 90% complete
  • Rising Blockwork to ground floor 30% complete
  • Reinforcement columns within walls to ground floor 0% complete
  • Structural columns 90% complete
  • Underfloor drainage 10% complete
  • Backfill to floors 100% complete
  • Radon pipework 0% complete

For the visuals please check out the website!

Can I appeal, once again, to all users of the Sancta Maria College car parking facilities to be mindful of the safety of our students and also the safety of students of both Coláiste Éanna and Scoil Naomh Pádraig as they negotiate the property. Please put their safety at the top of your priority list. Pedestrians, as of course you know, are much more vulnerable than anyone in a vehicle of any kind and please, even if annoyed/exasperated at a student’s failure to act responsibly, never let your response put them in danger. We will instil in them, as I know you do as parents/guardians, the need for vigilance and also for thoughtfulness for drivers, however, as the adults in their lives please be constantly mindful of their safety as you use our car parking facilities. Please drive slowly through the neighbouring residential areas, on approach to the College, as you enter/exit the grounds and as you pass through the grounds.

As stated in my earlier letters, the safety of everyone in the school community and in the building compound is our number one priority and with continued patience and understanding from everyone who uses the carparks/entrances/exits/driveways etc I know that both the construction, the redevelopment work and teaching and learning can continue with minimal disruption to all. Thank you again, one and all, for your understanding and assistance with this and apologies for the minor, unavoidable frustrations that present along the way.

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