TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Construction is continuing on the highly anticipated parish gymnasium at the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, and it should be done next month.
Construction on the 9,500-square-foot building began in July, after more than a decade of planning and fundraising by school officials and parents. It remains on schedule and should be completed in April, according to head contractor Howard Dym.
Excavation was recently finished to create a trench that will hold the pipes to bring water to the emergency sprinkler system in the building. Rock excavation has also been completed for the sprinkler and sanitary systems.
Work on the roof continues, and trusses have been put together to create modules for the roof. Students and faculty members signed the trusses before they were installed. Wood blocking has been put in place to prepare to complete the roof.
Pipe installation for the bathrooms has begun, and scaffolding was erected on the side of the building for brick veneer work. Ductwork has been installed along the back wall of the chimney, and work will continue on that part of the gym.
Peter Gisolfi Associates designed the building, and DHI Construction Services is in charge of construction.
When completed, the gymnasium will serve as the new home for parish basketball teams, which rented space at other gyms in the past. The school hopes that it will help boost its volleyball program and will serve as a space to host plays and assemblies for the school.
“This is a long time coming,” Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We’re all so excited that they’ll have their own home. It’ll be nice for the students to have their own identity and space.”
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