At A Glance
"We have over 20 subs on site, OCP is easily in the top 2 or 3 in terms of overall performance."
- Ben Cummings, Robertson
Northridge’s new elementary school will be built along U.S. 62 near the existing middle and high schools for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. This is the first time they're building a school specifically for elementary school children. Pre-K through third graders are currently in the 95-year-old school at Alexandria, with fourth and fifth graders in trailers near the high school and middle school. The school is a major development for the community. Generations of students and families joined together six times to pass the bond issue for the construction.
The total project cost is $24 million and includes the new school and addition to the existing water treatment facility onsite.
OCP is providing cold-formed steel framing, drywall and the installation of prefabricated building panels for the 4,000 sq ft water treatment facility addition. In order to accelerate the project timeline, the prefabricated walls included the air vapor barrier, door framing, a man door, and two windows in the shipment. The exterior load-bearing panels condensed the wall installation to only three days and saved the project $5,000.
Within the dining area of the school, OCP is installing a large soffit with an operable partition suspended at over 15’. An additional stage area soffit is receiving a level five drywall finish due to the amount of light reflecting off the surface.
Special considerations have been made to provide acoustical comfort throughout the school. Within the atrium, OCP is installing a specialty wood ceiling. CertainTeed acoustic ceiling tiles are being installed in several rooms to provide sound absorption.
This project started during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To ensure the safety of the team, in addition to a daily safety check-in through an app, OCP maintained their strict safety standards with no incidents reported onsite.
In order to provide the client with resolutions and cost-savings, OCP’s foreman collaborated with the GC to direct the masonry work. OCP provided extra framing to the scope in order to achieve a quicker dry-in and maintain the schedule.
OCP's standard of implementing Lean processes every step of the way provides a continuous flow of work processes. The project site is kept clean and organized to remove idle time waiting for materials or work.
The building is expected to be completed by August of 2021.