New West Elementary taking shape

LEFT: John Thompson, who works for subcontractor Mech One (the main contractor is Colarelli Construction), insulates a heating duct inside a future classroom for West Elementary, which will open in August at 25 N. 20th St.

BELOW: Bob Purvine (in cap) of District 11 talks with workers from subcontractor McNelly Construction, which is laying concrete for a ramp to the new elementary playground where West Middle School’s tennis courts once were. According to Purvine, most of the playground equipment was recycled from Whittier, Adams and Jefferson elementaries, all of which were closed after the 2008-09 school year. The playground contractor is Tab Construction.

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