Outside construction continues (without social distancing in some cases). The construction is scheduled to be complete in April, but but move-in is scheduled for summer.
For those Potomac residents watching the building of the new Potomac Elementary School on River Road, it’s hard to tell how it’s going except to say, there is definitely progress.
Pictures on Twitter recently showed inside a building just about ready for its role housing the school’s almost 500 students along with administration, faculty and support staff.
“The building is nearing completion,” Rob Badstibner, MCPS Facilities Project Manager, wrote in an email. “The building is scheduled to be complete by the end of April.”
The school is not scheduled to move into the new facility until summer. School will finish at the Radnor facility in Bethesda, where Potomac has been housed since the beginning of the 2018 school year.
Badstibner included a long list of work being completed as the construction deadline approaches.
“The contractors are installing ceiling tile, flooring, final painting, kitchen equipment, stage curtains, shelving, marker boards, bathroom fixtures, miscellaneous casework, lighting, mechanical system start-ups and commissioning and final cleaning,” he wrote. ”The site work will also continue through April, pending weather conditions. Paving, site walls, sod (grass), landscaping, site rails, signage and striping, storm water bio-ponds installation and inspection, site lighting, concrete sidewalks and playground equipment,” he wrote.
He also said that the school previously had planned to schedule some special activities at the school, but that is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are uncertain times,” he added. “All things can change if the construction becomes non-essential.”
Uncertain for sure. Governor Larry Hogan March 30 announced a stay at home directive requiring Marylanders to stay home except for essential business. Construction is still listed as an essential business in Maryland, but not, for example in Washington state.