Crews steady at work for new Gray Elementary School

Crews steady at work for new Gray Elementary School

Construction crews say they plan for the building to open up later this year.
GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -The rainy weather didn't stop construction crews in Gray working on finishing up the new Gray Elementary School. Officials say the building will save the school system some money by using energy efficient products.

"We've kept everything on track and on schedule, and our staff is working hard to make sure that this building is going to be on time and under budget, and we're going to meet those commitments," Wilkes Evans, the director of business development for Parrish Construction Group said. 

Dozens of work crews, drenched in Tuesday's morning rain, are working non-stop to make sure they finish on time. 

That's priority number one for the employees at the Parrish Construction Group, the team responsible for building the new Gray Elementary School in Jones County. 

It's six months in the building process...

"It offers a lot of good features as far as natural lighting in each classroom pod as well as energy efficient rooftop units," Evans said. 

The facility is 81,000 square feet and along with construction costs is running for a whopping $11 million used from penny sales tax dollars. 

"Using local sub contractors is a priority here, but one of the biggest benefits we've seen so far from every standpoint so far is from life cycle cost of the building," Evans said. 

Saving money is a priority for officials with the school district. 

The old Gray elementary is, as superintendent William Matthews says, aged, and it would cost more to upkeep the facility than to create the new one. 

"We're starting to see a rise out of the ground and you start to see it take shape it does bring a level of excitement to the work," Matthews said. 

He said parents are on board and he's looking forward to the school to open.

He's ready to see a new chapter for the future of the elementary school.  

The floors that are going to be inside of the new facility are stone mined from a Jones County quarry.

The new Gray elementary is expected to open in the winter of this year. 
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